Are you a Ph.D. biologist interested in project management and computational biology? We are looking for a motivated and organized individual to help manage and coordinate community outreach and training for the Pathway Commons project. The project aims to bridge the gap between biology and computation to better understand biological systems and help cure complex diseases. This is especially important where biologists are overwhelmed with data from genomics and other genome-scale technologies.
Project background: Detailed and comprehensive pathway information is a key element for understanding biological systems, genetic variation and human disease. Pathway Commons (http://www.pathwaycommons.org/) is a convenient single point of access for all publicly accessible pathway information and supports all types of pathway analysis. The long-term vision is to achieve a complete computable map of the cell that can be widely used by biologists to aid analysis and interpretation.
Helping to lead a software developer and computational biology research team, the incumbent will provide scientific project management, community outreach and training for Pathway Commons and related projects targeted at biologists and computational biologists. The candidate will be responsible for project management (recruiting; reporting; prioritizing software features; some user testing of software; organizing and chairing meetings), training (creating educational material; organizing online and in-person tutorials and workshops), and community outreach (presenting at conferences; identifying and reaching out to scientist users; soliciting, responding to and tracking user feedback, advertising the project by writing publications and website content, tracking usage statistics, working with relevant organizations like biological standards organizations and model organism database groups to coordinate development). The candidate will also be encouraged to take on their own research projects that benefit the project.
Education: Ph.D. in biology with some experience in computational biology, or Ph.D. in computational biology (or related field) with strong biology background. Teaching experience required.
Skills: excellent skills in organization, project management, communication (e.g. writing, public speaking), leadership, problem solving.
The work will be conducted at The Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto, a major international centre of genomics, proteomics and systems biology research, in the heart of Toronto. Major collaborators include Chris Sander’s group at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. There will be ample opportunity for professional development.
Please send your CV and the names of three references to gary.bader(a)utoronto.ca