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[Arabidopsis] Job Opening: Plant Ontology Project Coordinator

Pankaj Jaiswal (OSU) via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by jaiswalp from science.oregonstate.edu)
Tue Jun 16 12:44:40 EST 2009

Position Title:	Research Associate (Senior Postdoc) / Research Associate 
Working Title: Plant Ontology Project Coordinator

How to Apply:
To review the position description and apply, go to posting #0004322 at 
http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  When applying, you will be required to 
electronically submit your application, a cover letter citing your 
interest in the position and your experience, and a CV/resume including 
3 references.  Closing date 7/15/09.

Position description:
The Plant Ontology Consortium (www.plantontology.org) is seeking 
applicants for a full-time position of scientific curator who will 
coordinate the Consortium’s efforts. The Plant Ontology Consortium is a 
collaboration among researchers at Oregon State University, Cornell 
University and New York Botanical Garden. The Consortium also 
collaborates with the curators of many model organism databases 
including rice, Arabidopsis, maize, grasses, legumes, Solanaceae, 
bryophytes and plant phylogenomics. The project aims to develop shared 
vocabularies on plant anatomy and growth and developmental stages, to 
describe patterns of phenotype(s) and gene expression. For more details 
on the project please see the publications (PubMed IDs:18194960, 
17142475, 16905665, 18629207)

Duties / Responsibilities:
Develop and refine the ontologies with the PO curators in participating 
databases and core labs, annotate gene products and stocks with the 
vocabularies in the ontologies, participate in the development and 
application of methods to streamline and enhance the quality of 
annotations, manage website content, set project milestones, organize 
and moderate project meetings,  and work with the project members to 
deliver the database releases and project reports on strict timelines.

Required qualifications:
Ph.D. in an aspect of plant biology (e.g. Development, Physiology, 
Biochemistry, Genetics, Plant Pathology, Systematics) and/or genomics, 
Phylogenomics, Systematics, Plant Biology and Plant Anatomy.  Available 
immediately to start working on the project. Demonstrated ability for 
independent, critical thinking and excellent communication, networking 
and teamwork skills.  Previous work in any one or more areas of Plant 
Development, Plant Physiology, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Genetics and/or 
genomics, Plant Pathology, Museum specimen curation, Phylogenomics, 
Systematics, Plant Biology and Plant Anatomy.  Excellent communication 
skills in English is a must.  Experience in teaching and outreach. 
Familiarity with Plant Development and Anatomy.  Able to travel and 
attend 3-4 meetings/year of the PO consortium.

In order to be considered for the Research Associate (senior Postdoc) 
position, the candidate must have 3 or more years of 
postdoctoral/scientist research experience and supporting publications 
in peer reviewed international journals. The selection committee will 
judge the candidate based on the qualifications below; in addition, to 
showing the ability to lead on a scientific project as an independent 

Preferred qualifications:
Past experience in project coordination, large scale gene expression and 
phenotype evaluation, familiarity with basic UNIX commands, 
spreadsheets, and commonly used biological research tools such as BLAST 
and Literature Database search is desired.  A working knowledge of PERL 
and/or SQL will be considered an asset but not required.

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