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Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Aquaculture Division, Department of Genetics, Stellenbosch University with the project title "Genetic improvement of the abalone Haliotis midae."
Haliotis midae, known locally as 'perlemoen', occurs along the shores of South Africa and is the only one of the five endemic species that is commercially exploited. Haliotis midae displays a very slow growth rate, taking two to five years to reach market size. This is an obstacle for profitable farming and global competitiveness. In order to increase the productivity and the profitability of the commercial abalone industry, a research program has been designed which makes use of modern technology currently applied to other aquaculture species. Two key outputs of this program for which two postdoctoral positions are available include:
1) The production of a transcriptome sequence of Haliotis midae utilizing next generation sequencing technologies including the Illumina Genome Analysis platform and the GS FLX platform and utilizing this for amongst others marker development.
2) The generation of comprehensive linkage maps and identification of QTLs utilizing microsatellite and SNP markers.
The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for:
1) Bioinformatic data analysis within this framework. This will include developing an in-depth understanding of tailored genomic analytical software packages for EST, transcriptome and gene expression analysis in order to conduct research and provide postgraduate students with bioinformatics support; keeping abreast of new developments in the areas of bioinformatics, transcriptome analysis and abalone research; the maintenance of a comprehensive sample tracking system; assisting laboratory staff and students with their research data output requirements.
2) Linkage and QTL mapping analysis within this framework. This will include utilizing currently available marker and data resources as well as initializing further linkage and QTL mapping design; providing postgraduate students with data analysis support; keeping abreast of new developments in the areas of linkage mapping, QTL mapping and abalone research in general; the maintenance of a comprehensive sample tracking system.
1) PhD with specialization in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Genomics or a closely related discipline. Candidates should have a strong computational background (DNA sequence analysis, evolutionary genetics/biology and gene expression data analysis) and proficiency in relevant software packages.
2) PhD with specialization in Biotechnology, Genetics, Genomics or a closely related discipline. Candidates should have a strong computational background (DNA sequence analysis, linkage mapping, QTL mapping) and proficiency in relevant software packages.
Recommended requirements: Proven experience with SNP analyses (bioinformatic or mapping analysis). Project management experience; excellent organizational and communication skills; proven ability to set deadlines and meet milestones.
These positions are available for 2 years with the possibility of extension. Commencement of duties as soon as possible but no later than November 2010.
Interested researchers are requested to send their CV including details of at least 2 references to Dr. Rouvay Roodt-Wilding at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Aletta Bester-van der Merwe at email@example.com
EXTENDED Closing date: 16 July 2010.
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2010-07-01 by RoodtWildingRouvay
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