The Small Genome Discovery (SGD) Support Center is seeking candidates to fill their Bioinformatics Position in the small genome research program. The SGD Support Center is the central service that coordinates the sequencing of bacteriophage genomes, their assembly, and it is the quality control portal for annotated genomes received from students before submission to GenBank.
The successful candidate will have experience in genome assembly from high throughput sequencers and will be able to aid our biotechnology staff in genome finishing. Experience in sequence annotation and submission to GenBank is preferred. Since the SGD Support Center will aid participating campuses in implementing their annotation course, the candidate will have excellent communication skills and will be familiar with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems so they can resolve questions during software installation and use. The candidate will be required to assist in faculty training during the SGD faculty workshop and to assist students in the phage genome annotation labs at WKU. The candidate will have proficiency in database design and the programming skills needed to implement the archiving of genome annotation evidence from the network of participating colleges. The candidate will provide technical and organizational support for the annual SGD Phages Symposium and for the annual UT-KBRIN Bioinformatics Summit.
The candidate will have opportunities to develop and help mentor research projects, on the comparative studies of bacteriophage genomes, with undergraduate students. Candidates should be capable of developing broader online research opportunities and collaborations in bioinformatics between students and faculty at schools within the Small Genome Discovery network.
The position is grant funded for 5 years and candidates who will commit to the position for the length of the grant are encouraged to apply.
- Assemble high-throughput DNA sequencing files into genome contigs.
- Identify regions in assembled genome that require finishing.
- Assist in genome finishing into a single phage genome sequence.
- Assemble genome annotations into final GenBank format submission files and submit to GenBank.
- Assist students in genome annotation laboratory in Bioinformatics 312 course.
- Provide technical support in bioinformatics and annotation software to Small Genome Discovery Program satellite schools (up to 15 schools in KY).
- Build and maintain annotation evidence database.
- Help mentor student research projects.