The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences seeks a bioinformatician or systems biologist with skills or interest in ontological annotation, semantic interoperability or knowledge management for a researcher position (3 years with possibility of extension). The successful candidate will be central in establishing a knowledge base for the systems biology of farmed salmon, and will work within the Centre for Integrative Genetics (CIGENE).
The project “Towards the Digital Salmon: From a reactive to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture (DigiSal)” is part of Digital Life Norway, the first call dedicated to systems biology by the Research Council of Norway. Effective management of data and model resources is key in this endeavour, and DigiSal will initiate The Digital Salmon: a knowledge base of salmon genetics and physiology, interfacing closely with complementary databases, repositories, and research infrastructures such as ELIXIR. This knowledge base is a key deliverable of the Digisal project and the long-term ambition is that it will enable aquaculture industry to quickly address emerging challenges, quickly reanalysing existing data and identifying knowledge gaps to rapidly acquire required new data.
The successful applicant will help design the architecture of the Digital Salmon knowledge base, in close interaction with the researchers that will contribute to and benefit from the knowledge base, and with partners that provide technical solutions. Users include bioinformaticians and wet-lab researchers who generate omics data and microscopy images, and systems biologists who develop physiological models e.g. of salmon metabolism.