[Taxacom] Summer internship opportunity: Ontologies, NESCent, Phenoscape, USD

Paula Mabee paula.mabee at usd.edu
Thu Jan 29 08:28:49 CST 2009

>> Please bring to the attention of your students and postdocs:
>> Summer Training Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs
>> Phenoscape (http://phenoscape.org) is a pioneering effort to apply ontologies
>> to comparative biology.  The project aims to relate traditional character
>> descriptions from fish evolutionary studies to zebrafish genetics and mutant
>> phenotypes.  This is being achieved by a large-scale data curation effort, as
>> well as the development of new software and database technologies.
>> We are offering summer traineeships for graduate students and postdocs
>> interested in gaining expertise in informatics and the application of
>> ontologies to evolutionary, anatomical, developmental, and genetic data.
>> Opportunities are available to work as part of the Phenoscape team on data
>> curation or open source software/database development.  Participants would be
>> located at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, http://nescent.org or
>> the University of South Dakota.  Stipends of $5,000 will be given to
>> participants to cover travel, room and board for 10-12 weeks.
>> To apply, please provide the following:
>> 1. A cover letter of no more than 2 pages with
>>> 1. your name 
>>> 2. your current status (grad or postdoc)
>>> 3. your institutional affiliation and research supervisor
>>> 4. the dates of the proposed exchange, and your preferred location (Durham,
>>> North Carolina or Vermillion, South Dakota)
>>> 5. your current research goals, and an indication of where you are in your
>>> research timeline
>>> 6. the relevance of the internship opportunity to your research and/or
>>> career goals. 
>>> 7. the extent of your background training in, e.g., morphology,
>>> paleontology, molecular/developmental biology, programming, computer or
>>> information science.
>> 2. A curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages) listing educational history (including
>> relevant coursework), work experience, publications, and presentations.
>> 3. A letter of recommendation from your advisor/supervisor, and the names and
>> contact information for two other references.
>> Applications should be sent via email (in Word or PDF format) to Dr. Paula
>> Mabee (pmabee at usd.edu) before March 15, 2009.  Funding decisions will be made
>> by April 1, 2009.  Further inquiries about the position may be directed to
>> Dr. Mabee by email, or by phone at (605) 677-6171.
>> Reporting Requirement: Recipients will be expected to submit a 1-page report
>> describing the accomplishments and value of the training within one month
>> after the end of the internship.
>> NESCent and the University of South Dakota are equal opportunity employers.
>> Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are specifically
>> encouraged.  Phenoscape is funded by NSF grant BDI-0641025 from the National
>> Science Foundation.

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