Description & Details: A bioinformatics/computational biology postdoctoral research position is available immediately (September 2015) in the laboratory of Dr. Sue Rhee at Carnegie Institution’s Plant Biology Dept (Palo Alto, CA). The main goal of the project is to develop computational methods to predict and analyze metabolic gene clusters involved in producing novel secondary metabolites in plants. This project has opportunities to use genomics and functional genomics data in plants to develop algorithms that can accelerate the discovery of secondary metabolic pathways in plants. In addition to predicting the clusters, we are interested in studying the origin and diversification of the clusters by using evolutionary and comparative genomics approaches. The postdoc will be part of a consortium that includes several pioneering labs in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering to experimentally test the functions of these gene clusters in yeast and in planta.
Qualified candidates must have: 1) a Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Evolutionary or Population Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Engineering or related field; 2) expertise or fluency in large-scale data analysis, statistics, genomics, machine learning, and/or related field; and 3) proficient in programming. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, ability and initiative to learn new things, excellent communication and teamwork skills and passion for biological research.
Carnegie Institution for Science (http://carnegiescience.edu/) is a private, nonprofit organization for scientific discovery founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. He intended the institution to be home to exceptional individuals with imagination, intelligence and enjoyment capable of creating and expanding the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the West and East Coasts. The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in the growth and development of plants and algae. The Department of Plant Biology is located on the campus of Stanford University. Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.