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Postdoctoral fellow in ontology development

(Genomics and Microbially Influenced Corrosion)


The Beiko lab in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in ontologies to lead the development of an ontology linking terms in microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) and genomics/bioinformatics data. The position is available immediately.

The position is funded through the recently awarded Genome Canada grant “Managing Microbial Corrosion in Canadian Offshore & Onshore Oil Production Operations” (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/genome-canada-funding-research-to-study-how-microbes-eat-away-at-pipelines/article33279505/), a four-year, $7 million effort that spans multiple academic and government institutions, and companies. The aim of this project is to use modeling, genomics, and experiments to quantify and mitigate the environmental and economic risks associated with MIC.

The postdoc will also coordinate efforts with database developers in computer science to develop database schemata that reflect the emerging ontology, and assist with the development of use cases that define how users will interact with the data.

The applicant must have a PhD and significant prior experience with ontology development, including collaborative development through engagement of multiple stakeholders in a given application domain. Experience with genomic and related ‘multi-omic’ datasets would be an asset. Technical experience with ontology development software (e.g., Protégé), databases, and look-up services would also be extremely valuable.

Please direct all queries concerning the position to Prof Robert Beiko (rbeiko@dal.ca). Applications must include a covering letter, a CV, and the names of at least two referees who can comment on the applicant’s prior experience and expertise. Please cite the position ID (2017-02-ON) when submitting queries and applications. Applications will be accepted until March 31 or until the position is filled.