Postdoc: Critical Assessment of Function Annotation

Institution/Company:
Iowa State University
Location:
Ames, Iowa, United States
Job Type:
  • Postdoctoral
Degree Level Required:
PhD
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Postdoc: Critical Assessment of Function Annotation

The Friedberg Lab is seeking to fill a postdoc position in the Critical Assessment of Function Annotation. The Friedberg Lab is located at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The lab is equipped with high performance computers, including GPU machines suitable for machine learning. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary. Applications accepted only via the Iowa State University job site. The successful candidate must have excellent bioinformatics programming skills. More on the Friedberg Lab can be found here: https://iddo-friedberg.net/

Critical Assessment of Function Annotation: The Critical Assessment of Function Annotation or CAFA is an experiment designed to provide large-scale assessment of computational methods that are dedicated to predicting protein function, using a time challenge. The successful candidate will need to write and implement assessment algorithms for the Critical Assessment of Function Annotation (CAFA), as well as assess the methods competing in the 4th CAFA challenge which will take place late 2019-2020. The postdoc will gain experience in working with cutting-edge machine learning software in bioinformatics, produce robust software for the ongoing CAFA work, and will interact with a large and diverse international community of students and researchers participating in CAFA. They will be expected to manage the project both technically and in working with the CAFA community. More information of CAFA, including publications is available at: https://www.biofunctionprediction.org/cafa/

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email eooffice@iastate.edu.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will need to write and implement assessment algorithms for the Critical Assessment of Function Annotation (CAFA), as well as assess the methods competing in the 4th CAFA challenge which will take place late 2019-2020. The postdoc will gain experience in working with cutting-edge machine learning software in bioinformatics, produce robust software for the ongoing CAFA work, and will interact with a large and diverse international community of students and researchers participating in CAFA.

Qualifications:

Required Minimum Qualifications: A PhD in bioinformatics, software engineering, molecular biology or a related science field

Programming experience

Preferred Qualifications: Python programming Bioinformatics programming Experience in using common bioinformatics software and libraries Machine learning experience Experience with programming software using OBO ontologies such as the Gene Ontology Experience with common bioinformatics databases, with an emphasis on EBI databases specifically UniprotKB Development of robust software, preferably under an open-source model Server and client-side software development Experience writing manuscripts and grant proposals Excellent verbal and written English communication skills Experience in conference presentations