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Biologist (Computational) - Research Associate
Genomics and Bioinformatics Unit (GBRU) of the Agricultural Research Service
Position Close date: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Genomics and Bioinformatics Unit (GBRU) of the Agricultural Research
Service is searching for a postdoctoral researcher in computational biology. This is a
full-time, temporary appointment Not-To-Exceed 2 years, in the Excepted Service.
The researcher will be working directly with Justin Vaughn ( in
Athens, GA. The project will involve aggregation of genomic, RNA-seq, and
genotype/phenotype association data from a set of model crops. Using a novel approach
to phenotypic data structuring, we plan to be able to compare information across species
in order to make candidate-gene identification much more efficient for large genomic
regions already known to be associated with a trait. The position will require scientific
advancement on numerous conceptual frontiers, including evolutionary genetics,
network analysis, and natural language processing of phenotypic data. In turn, the
candidate should have proficiency in the field of genetics and bioinformatics, although
computer scientists with relevant experience will also be considered. The knowledge
required for this position is the following: A) Comparative genomics and analysis tools;
B) Ability to run analyses on large, remote computing resources; and C) Understanding
of genetic mapping using sequencing data, RNA-seq, and some crop physiology.
Qualification Requirements: Ph.D. in biological sciences or related disciplines
appropriate to this position. Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) Qualification Standard’s requirements of the scientific discipline
necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants must
also meet U.S. citizenship or permanent residents who meet certain eligibility
requirements may apply. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens
can be found at: Position is
open until filled. For further details about this position and how to apply contact: Dr.
Justin Vaughn (706) 546-3185 or

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