Search for Executive Director, UCSD Center for Bioinformatics Analysis

Just got this by email. Seems like an interesting job —

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Date: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM
Subject: Search for Executive Director, UCSD Center for Bioinformatics Analysis
Dear Jonathan Eisen,

I am writing to seek your assistance in identying a director of a new center being established at UC San Diego, the Center for Bioinformatic Analysis. This center will establish a world-class program of bioinformatics research, collaboration and service. Its mission is to develop and apply technology for integrating diverse ‘omics data sets and to establish the means by which this information can be translated to the clinic to promote human health and prevent disease. To lead the Center for Bioinformatic Analysis we are looking for an Executive Director who has a PhD in Bioinformatics or related discipline with substantial team management experience in industry or academia. S/he will be responsible for the overall planning, function and long-term support of the Center. Key responsibilities involve interacting with UC San Diego life sciences faculty and engaging them in collaborative research projects; management of Center staff dedicated to collaboration or software development; reporting to UC San Diego faculty leadership and advisory boards; establishing the Center business model and lead in outreach and fundraising efforts. Under the leadership of the Director, the Center will be staffed by several dozen bioinformatics personnel that carry out the key functions of the center. I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this notice and alert any candidates who might be interested. The job application is online at the UCSD web portal: Thanks for your help!


Postdoctoral researcher opportunity at #UCDavis John Muir Institute of the Environment

Postdoctoral Opportunity

The UC Davis John Muir Institute (JMIE) invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in the area of integrating climate change into natural resource decision making. Postdoctoral scholars will contribute to one or more of the following on-going research projects:

1. Estimate, characterize, and communicate climate change risk to natural resources in the southwestern United States using a structured decision-making approach.

2. Monitoring for adverse biological impacts as a consequence of the California forest carbon sequestration program.

3. Estimating the vulnerability of southwestern forested communities to climate change and fire.

4. Assessing state laws regarding movement of species and how these laws relate to climate change adaptation through managed relocation of species.

We seek postdoctoral scholars to work closely with our research team as well as natural resource management agencies. Each project is linked to specific resource management agencies. Valued skills include climate change vulnerability assessment, structured decision making, natural resource law, natural resource economics, quantitative social surveys, geographic information systems and modeling.

We will consider candidates who have recently completed their PhD, or will have completed it by the start date for this position. Postdoctoral appointments are for two years, subject to review after the first year. The start date may be as early as September 1, 2013, but must be before December 2013. Postdoctoral positions have an annual salary of approximately $40,000 plus full benefits.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, short (1-2 page) description of how the candidate envisions integrating into the aforementioned research areas. This package should be submitted as a single PDF file. Candidates are also encouraged to submit pdf copies of two publications. All materials should be addressed to Mark Schwartz and emailed to:jmie. Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation, including one from the candidates Ph.D. advisor, sent under separate emails to jmie. Consideration of candidates will begin August 20. Interested candidates who would like more information may also indicate in an email to mwschwartz The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

Postdoctoral Opportunity.docx

American Academy of Microbiology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science Communication

The American Academy of Microbiology (Academy) is accepting applications for its next Colloquium Fellow. This is a one-year fellowship for a recent microbiology Ph.D. recipient to develop skills in science policy and communication. If you can think of former students or others you’ve encountered who would be a good fit, please consider encouraging them to apply. Applicants for the fellowship should have a broad interest in the field and a willingness to learn about topics outside their own area of expertise. The fellowship will provide salary and some benefits.

In addition to academic researchers and clinicians, the field of microbiology needs individuals who are skilled in science communication and public outreach. The goal of the AAM Colloquium fellowship is to provide an opportunity for a recent microbiology Ph.D. graduate to develop these skills. Each year the Academy convenes five to six colloquia to address critical issues in microbiology. The fellow will work closely with the Academy Director on the colloquium program, participating in the entire process from choosing appropriate topics through proposal development and fund-raising to writing colloquium reports to publicity and dissemination.

Applications are due May 15, 2013. Please visit here for a full job description, and here for application instructions.

Bioinformatics position w/ Dr. Katie Pollard at UCSF/Gladstone


The Gladstone Institutes is an independent, not-for-profit research institution affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), contributing to the health and well being of all people through medical research, education, and outreach in the areas of heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and neurological disease. Gladstone is composed of three separate institutes and approximately 350 employees. Our employees receive exceptional benefits. We are located in an award winning building adjacent to UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus. Gladstone has consistently ranked as one of the top places to work in academia in the United States. The Gladstone Bioinformatics group provides an active environment for developing solutions from experimental design to analysis and visualization.

Job Description:

We are recruiting a staff scientist to support the bioinformatics needs at Gladstone. Main duties will involve developing and maintaining scientific databases and performing data analysis of large-scale genomic data. Primary projects will include developing tools for analysis of metagenomics data (from human body sites and environmental samples) and designing pipelines for next-generation human genomics and epigenomics research. The candidate will interact with labs spanning all Gladstone Institutes.


The candidate should have a BS/MS in Bioinformatics, Computer Science or similar field and at least 2 years experience with MySQL or other relational database software and scripting languages (e.g., Perl, Python, shell scripting). Experience with analysis of large biological datasets, including developing pipelines for analysis using a scripting language in a Linux environment is required. Knowledge of programming languages (e.g., Java, C/C++) and best practices is also important. Additional useful experience includes the ability to work in a distributed computing environment using a queuing system such as SGE or PBS and a demonstrated ability to create data visualization tools. We need a good communicator who can work across disciplines, and a self-starter who can work effectively on projects with long development times. Please address how your experience fulfills these requirements in a cover letter and/or resume.

Candidates with relevant expertise who wish to join Gladstone’s mission of preventing, treating and curing some of the world’s most relentless diseases should send their curriculum vitae and contact information for three references.

Field / Lab Technician Needed for Studies of eelgrass genetic diversity

Field / Lab Technician Needed for Studies of eelgrass genetic diversity

We are searching for a technician to join an interdisciplinary project on effects of genetic diversity on eelgrass ecosystem functioning at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab. The position will assist PIs and a graduate student with measuring nutrient uptake, assessing interclonal competition, and other biochemical measurements in the lab and help plant and maintain various experiments in outdoor tanks and in the field. Early morning and late night work will be needed periodically to accommodate field and lab schedules. General experience with field and laboratory ecological research required. Must also have good work ethic, organizational skills, general computer skills (excel, word), and an interest in ecology or marine biology. Experience / skill in any of the following specific areas is desirable (though not absolutely required): nutrient analysis (nitrate, ammonium), basic mechanical skills (e.g., pumps, simple plumbing), scientific diving, marine ecology, analytical instruments (autoanalyzer, elemental analyzer).

Position will be located at the Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay, CA in the labs of Jay Stachowicz and Susan Williams. Questions about the position should be directed to Jessica Abbott at jmabbott. For information about the marine lab see: For information about research in the Stachowicz and Williams lab see their websites: and The full time position is available starting in August 2012 and for up to 2 years. Salary approximately $34,000 per year and includes health benefits.

To apply, send the following material to Jessica Abbott at jmabbott:
(1) Cover letter that outlines interests, previous research experience, any relevant skills, career goals, and earliest possible start date; (2) Unofficial copy of college transcript or list or relevant coursework with grades earned; (3) Resume or curriculum vitae and (4) the names, email address and phone number of 2 references. Applications must be received by August 5 to receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.