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[Gofriends] dictyBase Biocurator Position available.

Chisholm, Rex FSM r-chisholm at
Thu Feb 12 06:57:08 PST 2009

We have an open position for a Biocurator at dictyBase, the model organism database for Dictyostelium discoideum. The database consists of a small group of bioinformatic engineers and scientific curators who work closely together in a stimulating environment to develop a leading bioinformatics resource to annotate the genome of Dictyostelium. We are located at Northwestern University in downtown Chicago, IL, USA, where the Dicty Stock Center is also located.

dictyBase biocurators use state of the art bioinformatics tools, extensive literature searches, and direct involvement with the scientific community to assign gene function, catalog phenotypes, and manage strain inventories from labs all over the world.  Curators also work with software engineers to create new curation tools and collaborate in user interface design. dictyBase is a member of the Gene Ontology Consortium (GOC) and contributor to the Generic Model Organism Database Project (GMOD). Thus, we work in close collaboration with other databases to develop tools to annotate and display functional gene annotations.

Curation of dictyBase requires research experience with a model organism, preferably using Dictyostelium and strong computer skills, or experience doing annotation.  The successful candidate holds a Ph. D. in molecular biology/genetics/genomics. Please send a letter of interest and a CV along with the names of three references to:  dicty at

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity/equal access employer.


Rex L. Chisholm, PhD
Adam and Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics
Dean for Research
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Lurie 7-125
303 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611

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