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    Education: Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops 2017 Series
    Submitted by Ann Meyer; posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2016

    The CBW is pleased to be offering the following advanced training opportunities in 2017:
    • High-Throughput Biology – From Sequence to Networks: Cold Spring Harbor, NY, March 20-26, 2017
    • Infectious Disease Genomic Epidemiolgy: Vancouver, May 1-3, 2017 (NEW)
    • Bioinformatics of Genomic Medicine: Toronto, May 10-11, 2017 (NEW)
    • Informatics on High-throughput Sequencing Data: Toronto, May 25-26, 2017
    • Bioinformatics for Cancer Genomics: Toronto, May 29 – June 2, 2017
    • Informatics and Statistics for Metabolomics: Toronto, June 6-7, 2017
    • Introduction to R: Toronto, June 12, 2017
    • Exploratory Analysis of Biological Data using R: Toronto, June 13-14, 2017
    • Epigenomic Data Analysis: Montreal, June 15-16, 2017
    • Microbiome Summer School: Quebec City, June 19-22, 2017 (NEW)
    • Pathway and Network Analysis of -omics Data: Toronto, June 26-28, 2017
    • Cloud Computing in Bioinformatics with Big Data: Toronto, July 5-6, 2017
    • Informatics for RNA-seq Analysis: Toronto, July 10-12, 2017 (1 day longer)
    New for 2017:
    • Workshops will be held in Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City, Cold Spring Harbor, and Toronto
    • Travel and registration awards to eligible trainees
    • New workshops in epidemiology, genomic medicine, and the microbiome
    A link to our new full program poster can be found here: (PDF). For more information, visit

    Applications for our 2017 workshops will be opening soon!


    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

    Dana-Farber's Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology is the home of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group's Boston Biostatistics Center. ECOG-ACRIN is part of the NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN), and has been conducting collaborative clinical trials since 1955. The Boston-based team is responsible for planning, executing and reporting the group's therapeutic clinical trials. There are currently 24 ongoing studies with target accrual of over 11,000 patients. Sixteen statisticians and 4 other staff members work in ECOG-ACRIN's Boston Biostatistics Center.


    Under the direction of the Group Statistician/Director, the Assistant Director for Operations guides and manages all operational aspects of the Center. Major areas of managerial responsibility include oversight of statisticians, database administrators, and administrative support staff, and serving as liaison/advisor to managers in other ECOG-ACRIN offices. The Assistant Director may serve as the lead statistician for PrECOG, a not-for-profit, privately funded clinical trials arm of ECOG-ACRIN. The Assistant Director also has scientific committee leadership responsibilities and serves as a therapeutic statistician along with the other ECOG-ACRIN statistical staff, with corresponding scientific responsibilities.


    • Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in biostatistics
    • 5 or more years of experience planning and conducting multi-site clinical trials is required, preferably in the NCTN
    • Excellent leadership and communication skills
    • Demonstrated experience managing personnel, providing reviews, training and mentoring
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
    The position requires statistical and managerial expertise, an interest in facilitating smooth operations of a complex organization, and enthusiasm for mentoring and supporting other team members.


    Contact Us: danielle_brown[at]


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.



    The Breakthrough Prize gave away $25 million dollars to more than a thousand scientists on Sunday.

    The Prize is the brainchild of Russian tech billionaire Yuri Milner. Milner, who also funds research investigating Tabby's Star (of "alien megastructure" fame), brought tech all-stars including Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, and Anne Wojcicki on board for the prize, which seeks to add a bit of glamour and excitement to the world of scientific prizes. Morgan Freeman hosted this year's awards, televised live on National Geographic and soon to be rebroadcast on Fox.


    This is a new 2 year course work Masters program that includes 1 year of research project credit. It is intended to have a translational focus. See below for program description and contact details.


    Prerequisites/entry criteria: High level of achievement in a relevant bachelor's degree. Applicants must have completed level 1 mathematics and computer programming courses and a level 1 course in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or physics.

    Duration: 2 years Intakes: February and July
    English Language: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent).

    Inquiries contact: bioinformatics[at]

    Program overview:
    The Master of Bioinformatics is an innovative postgraduate program combining coursework and a major research project. The curriculum is based on the fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of bioinformatics research, with a focus on translational applications of bioinformatic analyses to real world problems in research, human health and agriculture.

    The program has a strong experimental and application focus and exposes students to individual data generation technology platforms as well as developing competitive analytical and research skills. Students will also be exposed to the many interlinked issues in translational bioinformatic research; translation and development, including analytical reproducibility for downstream compliance and regulatory issues; analysis of big data; and project management, team skill development and bioinformatics software development.

    For individual courses, assessment includes examinations, written and oral assignments and investigative projects (both individual and group). The research project is assessed by a literature review, research proposal, seminar, viva voce and a thesis.

    Potential careers:
    Bioinformatics offers rewarding and well-paid careers using advanced technologies that will transform the biomedical and agricultural industries. Career opportunities also exist in research and development, and advisory and consultancy positions in private companies, government departments and universities.

    Indicative program structure:
    The 48-unit master's program is made up of 24 units of coursework and 24 units of laboratory based research.

    Core courses: Biology for Bioinformatics, Research Methods in Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics and Systems Modelling, Bioinformatics Practice, Statistical Modelling and Inference or Statistical Modelling, Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis, Specialised Programming or Mining Big Data, Statistics for Bioinformatics.

    Bioinformatics Electives: In the case that students have recognition for prior learning in the above course(s), to extend their learning they may choose electives from Advanced Research Platforms, Drug Discovery and Development, Stem Cells and Advanced Tissue Culture, Molecular Microbiology and Vaccines, Distributed Databases and Data Mining, Advanced Algorithms, Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning.

    Related programs: This program has been constructed to provide progression to a PhD.


    A postdoctoral research associate position is available to work on the bioinformatic characterization and classification of the rapidly increasing set of bacterial toxins active against economically relevant pests. The incumbent will be housed in the laboratory of Dr. Bryony C. Bonning in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida with the project conducted in collaboration with Dr. Neil Crickmore, University of Sussex, UK and Drs. Colin Berry and Tom Connor, Cardiff University, UK. The project will be part of a newly-formed consortium overseeing a Bacterial Pesticidal Protein Information Resource Center.


    Applicants should have a PhD in protein bioinformatics and experience in managing databases.


    An interest in bacterial toxins would be advantageous.


    The appointment will be for one year initially with potential for renewal.


    Salary will be a minimum of $47,500 according to experience.


    University of Florida has an outstanding program in Computational Biology and a Bioinformatics Core within the Center for Biotechnology Research (see[...]tics/). The diverse faculty has strengths in both basic and applied research, and strong collaborative and interdepartmental interactions.


    Email a single pdf file with "PD application - PB" in the subject line containing 1) a statement of research experience, interests and career goals, 2) curriculum vitae including complete publication list, 3) names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for three references to: Dr. Bryony C. Bonning, E-mail: camtech[at]


    Review of applications will begin on Friday, January 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


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