Postdoctoral Position in Bioinformatics- Aberystwyth University, UK

Postdoctoral Position in Bioinformatics
An NSF-funded three-year postdoctoral position in Bioinformatics is available from 1st August 2015 in the laboratory of Dr. George Gkoutos (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group) and in collaboration with Prof. John Doonan (National Phenomics Centre, IBERS) at Aberystwyth University, UK.

The post will include ontology development, data analysis, integration and mining. and other modalities. With a strong background in bioinformatics, the post-holder will have expertise in Semantic Web technologies, ontology and data mining techniques. They will be part of a large international team focused on developing novel computational methodology to support next generation plant phenotyping. Excellent leadership and communication skills will enable the post-holder to interface with specialists and non-specialists nationally and internationally to deliver the specific needs of a wide user community.

Applicants must possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. We are particularly seeking a candidate with experience semantic representation (OWL, RDF, SPARQL, Linked Data) and integration, data analysis, biostatistics, strong programming skills, text mining, and natural language processing. Experience in genomics, genetics and/or plant biology would be beneficial but not essential.

For full application details please follow this link:

Application closing date is 17 June 2015.

For further information please contact Dr George Gkoutos
( or Prof John Doonan (

NSF Funds Development of Common Reference Ontologies and Applications for Plant Biology

The Plant Genome Research Program (National Science Foundation) recently awarded funding for three years to The Planteome Project (, an international collaboration to support the development of “Common Reference Ontologies and Applications for Plant Biology”.

The goals of the Planteome Project are to provide researchers and agricultural breeding programs a common semantic framework ,and a focused set of comparative analysis tools to leverage the scientific value of the ever-expanding array of sequenced plant genomes and phenotype data. The Planteome Project will develop a set of common data standards and universal reference vocabularies to describe plant biology and plant stresses, and standardized plant gene and phenotype annotation workflows.
As part of the project’s outreach effort the project team will reach out to K-12 and undergraduate students and the plant research community. The project will conduct annual hands-on STEM summer camps to teach high school students about plant genomics and computational biology and will organize exhibits at the New York Botanical Garden, as well as hosting workshops and webinars, and producing publications for plant scientists.
The Planteome Project database and data resources are freely accessible online under the Creative Commons License, and are available from the project website

The Planteome Project:
Link to NSF award abstract:

Principle Investigator:
Pankaj Jaiswal, Associate Professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University (OSU:
Dennis Stevenson, New York Botanical Garden (
Chris Mungall Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (
Elizabeth Arnaud, Bioversity International, France (a CGIAR Institute)
Sinisa Todorovic, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), OSU
Eugene Zhang, EECS, OSU
Senior Collaborators:
Georgios Gkoutos, Aberystwyth University, UK,
John Doonan, Director National Plant Phenomics Centre, Aberystwyth University, UK,
Consultant: Barry Smith, National Center for Ontological Research, and University of Buffalo, NY, Founding member of the OBO Foundry Initiative (

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