The Human Disease Ontology (DO) project (http://disease-ontology.org) is seeking a highly motivated biomedical data scientist for a postdoctoral fellowship, leading a collaborative research project responsible for the incorporation of semantics and ontologies for the application of ontologies to structured and unstructured disease-associated data. The Human Disease Ontology, an OBO Foundry Ontology, is a broadly utilized genomic resource across the biomedical research community since 2003. The selected candidate will join Dr. Lynn Schriml's established biomedical ontology and bioinformatics team to develop mechanistic profiles of human disease for biomedical and clinical research. The position is open in Dr. Lynn Schriml's research group at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. IGS is an interdisciplinary, multi-departmental team of collaborative genomics and bioinformatics investigators supported by core high-throughput sequencing, data analysis and genome annotation centers.
This position is funded through the NIH/NHGRI U41 Genomic Resource Grants for Community Resource Projects. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of an extension for an additional year.
This is an excellent opportunity to join an experienced ontology development and bioinformatics team, working directly with the DO's team of clinicians to expand the DO, enhancing disease classifications of complex diseases, cancers, environmental and genetic diseases and developing mechanistic profiles of human disease for biomedical and clinical research. The successful candidate will coordinate disease annotation efforts across the Model Organism Databases, will facilitate cross-product semantic integration between DO and other OBO Foundry Ontologies.
The responsibilities of the postdoctoral position include:
* collaborative development with DO stakeholders; * researching human disease etiology;
* characterizing human disease within the ontology;
* development of disease-phenotype, symptom, cell type, anatomy and environmental driver associations;
* coordinate development in Protege of new mechanistic disease models;
* leading community-based development among the model organism databases, rare disease researchers and cancer data repositories;
* conducting outreach through presentations at national meetings;
* contributing to peer-review publications and project grant submissions.
The postdoctoral fellow will concentrate their efforts on ontology-based knowledge discovery and building dynamic disease mappings through semi-automated capturing of disease knowledge (from literature, biomedical data repositories and orthogonal ontologies). We are looking for a highly motivated individual with demonstrated expertise in bioinformatics, ontology development, biocuration and related technologies. The candidate should have strong and effective inter-personal and communication skills.
A Ph.D. in medical informatics, computer science, bioinformatics, ontology development or related fields. This position requires demonstrated experience in bioinformatics and ontology development. Knowledge of biological ontologies, controlled vocabularies, expertise in Protege and OBO-Edit are required as well as experience in Unix and Perl programming and software development. Please include a CV, detailing your list of publications, a cover letter describing your experience and statement of research interests with your application. For more detailed information about IGS, please visit www.igs.umaryland.edu. Consideration of candidates will begin upon receipt of applications and will be accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start date for the position is Fall 2019 AA/EOE/ADA
Job: Postdoctoral Fellows
Organization: School of Medicine - Centers/Programs/ORCs
Job Posting: Jul 8, 2019
Internal Number: 128381
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