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    The position is located in the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit in Ames, IA. The incumbent collaborates with laboratory scientists and other computational biologists to conduct research in bioinformatics, develops new computational and analytical methods, and serves as a resource and advisor to the Maize Genetic and Genomic Database (Maize GDB) project in the area of computational biology. 

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    Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:
    Conducts bioinformatics and computational analyses designed to solve complex biological research problems involving genomics, comparative genomics, genome duplication and fractionation, gene prediction, role of repetitive elements in gene control, control of gene expressions, and protein functions related to biological data and systems.
    Adapts, modifies, and/or develops software that analyzes DNA sequences, polymorphisms, genome diversity, gene expression, and gene functions of maize.
    Uses scripting languages and other tools to compare/evaluate genomes, predict/evaluate gene models, align DNA and protein sequences, and other general bioinformatics tasks.
    Analyzes and interprets research data with appropriate statistical methodology.
    Reports research results in publications and at scientific meetings.   
    Conducts training and makes presentations of original work at conferences, workshops and international meetings. 
    Provides guidance to users and developers on database applications, queries, and access.
    Partners and collaborates with ARS plant database teams to develop methods of enhancing direct open engagement with outside resources.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - The incumbent will travel to attend scientific conferences and meetings.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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