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Pathway database curator position at Gramene open

A full time 3-year pathway database curator position at the Research Associate or Postdoctoral Associate level is available immediately in Dr. Pankaj Jaiswal's group at the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/bpp/). This position is required to develop a comprehensive catalog of rice and other cereal plant metabolic pathways and enzymes. The project expands the coverage of metabolic pathways from Rice (http://gramene.org/pathway/) to all known pathways in major cereal plants such as for maize, sorghum and wheat. The curator will be responsible for development, curation and maintenance of the Pathways section on Gramene Database (http://www.gramene.org) in following ways.

i)    Develop novel methods on annotating the metabolic and regulatory pathway associations to the genomic and genetic datasets.
ii)    Research new plant metabolic pathways and enzymes in the scientific literature, and to evaluate, extract, organize, and enter that information to the database;
iii)    Development /improvement of new or existing standard procedures and operation rules on curation methods and to the general development of the database, such as data integration, web page enhancement, and data exchange with database namely the www.reactome.org.
iv)    Communicating with the research community to improve the quality of the data, to train them in using the database and related tools, and to support user requests.
The successful candidates will work with Gramene database team that includes highly trained PhD. level bioinformatics specialists and software developers. The person will also work with collaborator databases such as Rice Genome Annotation Project, MaizeGDB, GrainGenes, MetaCyc, PlantCyc, AraCyc, SolCyc, and a number of pioneering plant biochemists from around the world.

Qualified candidates should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in biochemistry, biological chemistry, metabolomics, or related field preferably in plants, but not necessarily. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical
thinking, excellent communication skills and enjoy teamwork. Experience with Lynx and Windows operating system, Perl, Java and HTML editing is desirable.
Please send an email with a current CV/resume, and letter of interest to Pankaj Jaiswal (jaiswalp @ oregonstate.edu). Oregon State University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

Pankaj Jaiswal
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology
3082 Cordley Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, 97331-2902, USA
Ph.: +1-541-737-8471
Fax: +1-541-737-3573
Web: www.gramene.org www.plantontology.org

posted 2008.10.27