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    Research: NY Times: Meet Luca, the ancestor of all living things
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Submitter

    EXCERPT

    A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated by scientists who say that the likeness sheds considerable light on the mystery of how life first emerged on Earth.

    This venerable ancestor was a single-cell, bacterium-like organism. But it has a grand name, or at least an acronym. It is known as Luca, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, and is estimated to have lived some four billion years ago, when Earth was a mere 560 million years old.
    Source: www.nytimes.com/2016[...].html

    Submitter

    EXCERPT

    Who's your daddy? An unknown hominin species that bred with early human ancestors when they migrated from Africa to Australasia has been identified through genome mapping of living humans.

    The genome analysis also questions previous findings that modern humans populated Asia in two waves from their origin in Africa, finding instead a common origin for all populations in the Asia-Pacific region, dating back to a single out-of-Africa migration event.
    Source: www.newscientist.com/arti[...]tree/

    BACKGROUND

    The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is seeking a postdoctoral associate to participate in an NSF-funded project to build new cyberinfrastructure for tree genomic and genetic data, including expanding the existing Hardwood Genomics database (hardwoodgenomics.org) and integration with TreeTaggr, a citizen science outreach effort (www.treetaggr.info). The project requires integration of datatypes such as genotypes, phenotypes and GIS coordinates. Development of new web modules will be within the Tripal software framework (tripal.info), which is based on Drupal content management system. The position will encompass activities such as writing PHP and javascript code, developing HTML and CSS templates, integrating biological and genomic data into databases, and building the user interface systems for scientists to view, download, search and manipulate data. The job will require teamwork with biologists and computer scientists as well as the ability to work independently. The successful applicant will be exposed to interdisciplinary, cutting edge research in the field of bioinformatics and will have the opportunity to expand their skill set and grow with this exciting field of science.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Design and build new php-based Tripal modules that meet Drupal and Tripal coding standards, and that allow upload, searching and display of genomic data types
    • Use web services to transfer data between websites
    • Use a mapping platform such as the Google Maps API to build an interactive online map of tree locations and associated data
    • Install and improve existing Tripal modules to load large datasets and display results to users
    • Contribute to the writing of scholarly publications

    REQUIREMENTS

    • PhD in bioinformatics, computer science, molecular biology and/or the life sciences.
    • Proficient in a Linux operating system environment with minimal systems support
    • Demonstrated experience in PHP, Java or other programming language
    • Experience with a database platform such as MySQL or PostgreSQL.
    • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to interact with scientists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.
    • Ability to work independently and to prioritize and manage a variety of tasks.

    PREFERENCES

    • Experience in web site development.
    • Experience in software development.
    • Familiarity with web programming, particularly development of Drupal code modules
    • Demonstrated experience in developing PHP code
    • Familiarity with bioinformatics data sets such as genes, genomes, genetic maps, etc.
    • Experience with using web-based map platforms such as the Google Maps API

    TERMS

    Regular full time position with benefits

    LOCALE

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Institute of Agriculture, AgResearch

    COMPENSATION

    $50k based on qualifications and experience

    HOW TO APPLY

    Required documents to apply: CV, transcripts, 2 professional references (upload as one PDF or DOC file)

    Please apply online at ut.taleo.net/care[...]0011F

    Questions may directed to mstaton1 at utk dot edu, but applications will only be accepted via the University of Tennessee online application system.

    DEADLINE

    Open until filled.

    POLICY

    EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement:
    The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

    Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), ADEA (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

    BACKGROUND

    The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is seeking a web developer and systems administrator. The applicant will participate in an NSF-funded project to expand a database and website for plant genetic and genomic data. The project requires administration of web servers and development of new web modules in the Drupal CMS. The position will encompass activities such as writing PHP and javascript code, developing HTML and CSS templates, integrating biological and genomic data into databases, and building the user interface systems for scientists to view, download, search and manipulate data. The job will require teamwork with biologists and computer scientists as well as the ability to work independently. The successful applicant will be exposed to interdisciplinary, cutting edge research in the field of bioinformatics and will have the opportunity to expand their skill set and grow with this exciting field of science.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Administer both the software and hardware for live and development Apache web servers, including data backups
    • Install and improve existing Tripal modules to load large datasets and display results to users
    • Design and build new php-based Tripal modules that meet Drupal coding standards, and that allow upload, searching and display of genomic data types
    • Develop basic competency in genomics and bioinformatics in order to propose and implement new concepts and technical solutions for the web site(s)
    • Contribute to the writing of scholarly publications

    REQUIREMENTS

    • BS in bioinformatics, computer science and/or the life sciences or equivalent experience. (Graduate work in bioinformatics may be pursued during this work in the EPP MS program or EPPN PhD program for qualified applicants)
    • Proficient in a Linux operating system environment with minimal systems support
    • Demonstrated experience in PHP, Java or other programming language
    • Experience with a database platform such as MySQL or PostgreSQL.
    • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to interact with scientists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.
    • Ability to work independently and to prioritize and manage a variety of tasks.

    PREFERENCES

    • Experience in web site development.
    • Experience in software development.
    • Familiarity with web programming, particularly development of Drupal code modules
    • Demonstrated experience in developing PHP code
    • Familiarity with bioinformatics data sets such as genes, genomes, genetic maps, etc.
    • Experience with building and administering an Apache web server

    TERMS

    Regular full time position with benefits

    LOCALE

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Institute of Agriculture, AgResearch

    COMPENSATION

    $47-50k based on qualifications and experience; Pay grade 39

    HOW TO APPLY

    Required documents to apply: CV, transcripts, 2 professional references (upload as one PDF or DOC file).

    To apply, please visit ut.taleo.net/care[...]0011G

    Questions about the position may be directed to mstaton1 at utk dot edu, but applications will only be accepted through the University of Tennessee application system.

    DEADLINE

    Open until filled.

    POLICY

    EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement:
    The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

    Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), ADEA (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

    Submitter

    BACKGROUND

    SRA International, a leader in providing professional bioinformatics services to the Federal Government, is recruiting multiple bioinformatics professionals for potential contract work at the NIH in Rockville, MD.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Bioinformatics Data Analysis:
    • Provide analysis, consultation, and training services for data analysis, technical and scientific training and support for analyses and tools for variant analysis, annotation, function prediction, transcript profiling, and pathway and network analysis.
    • Provide expertise on informatics software and tool development as the liaison between the researchers and the software development team to identify requirements, develop use cases, and identify analysis tools to meet the requirements and provide outreach for these products to researchers
    • Develop pipelines to automate analysis, including use of HPC environments
    • Provide molecular modeling, docking, and simulation informatics services to address structural biology questions involving both small molecules (cheminformatics) and macromolecules using a variety of techniques, including: modeling, folding, simulation/molecular dynamics, docking and virtual ligand screening, computational aspects of empirical structure determination techniques (e.g. X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy), and visualization.
    • Provide evolutionary biology informatics services to compute evolutionary relationships of sequence data that can be used to understand the origins of pandemics, antimicrobial resistance, immune responses.
    • Develop and deliver training seminars in biomedical informatics-related topics
    • Prefer familiarity with cloud infrastructure for computing and market analysis of bioinformatics software
    • Familiarity with latest experimental techniques used in biomedical research and current tools for such analysis
    Bioinformatics Software Development:
    • Design, develop, test, and document analysis pipelines, biomedical tools, and databases to store, analyze, interpret, and visualize biomedical data using primarily open-source algorithms/software packages on distributed computing environments; provide support of these to end users.
    • Create new and use existing algorithms and robust and secure software systems for bioinformatics, including composing, editing, and compiling open-source code
    • Work within HPC environments and apply solutions to reduce bottlenecks associated with storage and management of data.
    • Experience with machine learning, cloud computing, and data visualization
    • Ability to work with open source as well as COTS software
    • Support full lifecycle administration development and customization for in-house-developed (and COTS (currently LabWare) LIMS.

    REQUIREMENTS

    Bioinformatics Analysts:
    • Education and Experience – Ph.D. in life sciences with 2+ years/ MS in life sciences with 5+ years providing analysis, consultation and training services in biomedical informatics services in omics related to allergy, immunology and infectious disease research with demonstrated publication record of 3+ papers in bioinformatics within the last 4 years and experience in presenting results and supporting outreach
    Bioinformatics Developers:
    • Education and Experience – Background in bioinformatics, biology or related science with related publication(s) demonstrating the use or development of computational biology/bioinformatics/big-data/data science applications; B.S. (or other graduate degree with equivalent experience) in computer science, data science, or informatics and 3+ years of experience working with biomedical scientific data, including large-scale data and distributed storage/computing systems. At least 3 years of recent experience developing pipeline processing scripts or developing web applications with the following technologies/frameworks and software in an Agile Scrum environment:
      • Perl, Python, Bash Shell, HTML, CSS, XML, JSON, JavaScript; Java EE and JSP or PHP
      • Git and Github
      • Docker and/or other container packages; development of RESTful APIs
      • Apache and Apache Tomcat
      • Hibernate or related frameworks
      • Angular, Bootstrap, or Google Web Toolkit web development frameworks
      • MySQL or other relational database management systems
      • HPC computing environments with DRM systems such as SGE/OGE or Torque
      • Linux or Unix-based operating system
    Additional Desired Skills for All Positions:
    • Strong interpersonal, presentation, written, and oral communication skills to convey bioinformatics principles and concepts to non-specialists clearly, and advise on relevant software and tools
    • Attention to detail, including time and project management skills, to document, track, update, and generate reports on ongoing projects
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of an in-person and remote multi-disciplinary team with a high level of personal and professional drive and initiative

    LOCALE

    Rockville, Maryland, USA

    HOW TO APPLY

    Requisition number 2016-9294 on jobs.csra.com

    DEADLINE

    August 5, 2016

     

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