Bioinformatician / graduate student/ post-doc openings at Ohio State in microbial community genomics

Kelly Wrighton, a new faculty member at Ohio State is looking to hire a bioinformatician and also looking for graduate students and a post doc to work on various aspects of microbial community genomics.

The job ad:

Title: Research Associate 2-B/H
Department: Microbiology Admin
Posting Number: 378550

Performs analysis and interpretation of high throughput genomic data; develops experimental procedures and analyzes data; translates biological questions into computational goals using existing methods or developing new algorithms and tools when existing methods are inadequate; designs, develops, modifies, tests, evaluates and maintains customized scripting programs for analyzing, preparing, converting biological data (Illumina and other NGS platforms) for import and export; trains and assists research group members in UNIX/Linux methodologies; performs system administration work including interfacing with collocation facility; orders supplies; configures new computers; maintains quality assurance documentation.

If you are interested in this position, you can apply on our employment site at:


If you don’t know Dr. Wrighton, well, you should.  She is brilliant and has done some phenomenal work on microbial diversity.  See her Google Scholar page here and her faculty page here. And check out the paper I co-authored with her (and many others):  Extraordinary phylogenetic diversity and metabolic versatility in aquifer sediment

Postdoc position in innovating scholarly communication at #UCDavis w/ me, Mario Biagioli & Mackenzie Smith


Postdoc Position in Innovating Scholarly Communication

A new UC Davis initiative on “Innovating the Communication of Scholarship” is hiring a 3-year postdoctoral fellow, starting September 1, 2013. This is a cross-disciplinary project to study the future of academic publishing, involving faculty from the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, the Library, the Genome Center, and the School of Law (with additional collaborators in Computer Science, English, Philosophy, and the Graduate School of Management). Research topics include open access models, peer review, new forms of quality metrics, data publication, use of social media, and new forms of misconduct.
The successful candidate will conduct research, collaborate on or lead organization of conferences, workshops, pedagogical activities, and grant writing. A Ph.D. is required in a relevant field such as Science and Technology Studies, Library and Information Sciences, Communication, Law, Science, or English. Other disciplines will be considered depending on the specific focus of the candidate?s research and other experience. Qualified applicants will have experience working successfully in teams and managing multi-year projects. He or she will possess excellent written and oral communication and administrative skills.
Salary is based on experience and qualifications according to UC Davis guidelines.
To apply: E-mail a PDF file containing your CV, short description of your research experience relevant to this position, and contact details for three references to Mario BiagioliMacKenzie SmithJonathan Eisen.

Metagenomics/bioinformatics/microbiology job of the week: Chisholm lab at MIT

Good at bioinformatics? Looking for a job? Check out this one in Penny Chisholm’s lab at MIT:

Chisholm has done some incredible work on marine microbes. Here are some of her “Open Access” papers to browse:

Sure she does publish in some other places but does publish a lot in PLoS and other Open Access journals. If you get the job, maybe you can convince her to move more towards publishing everything in Open Access journals — her stuff is very cool — the more of it that is Open Access the better …

Wanted -Microbial Genomics Lead at JGI

The Joint Genome Institute, where I work part of the time, is seeking a lead scientist for their Microbial Genomics work.

Sr. Research and Management Opportunity

The DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek, CA has an exciting Staff Scientist opportunity available. Will be responsible for leading the JGI’s Microbial Genome Program including the development of an independent research program in microbial genomics. Will manage all aspects of the program from application review through sequencing and genome analysis. Will be expected to collaborate with external scientific communities, present scientific data and publish results independently and with collaborators. Will also participate as a member of the JGI senior management team. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Scientific Programs.

For more information see here. If you want to play a leadership role in microbial genomics, this job is for you.