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Are you fascinated by genomics and bioinformatics? Are you passionate about collaborative open-source software? Do you enjoy teaching and working with scientists? If so, then this position is for you.

The Generic Model Organism Database project (GMOD, is a collection of open source software tools for creating and managing biological, and particularly genomic, databases. GMOD has a large, highly distributed, and dynamic community of software users and developers. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an opening for a GMOD user support specialist, to be based at the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center ([1]) in Durham, North Carolina, while serving the international community of GMOD users.

Job Description: The GMOD user support specialist will maintain online documentation; respond to mailing list help requests; present tutorials; organize short courses, conference sessions and other community building activities; survey user needs, and recruit members of the community to assist with these functions. The incumbent will collaborate closely with the GMOD Coordinator (Scott Cain, The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research) and other distributed personnel. See GMOD Help Desk for more background on the activities of the user support specialist. The salary range is $68,906 to $82,687, depending on qualifications, and the incumbent will receive a comprehensive benefits package as an SPA employee within the UNC system.

Qualifications: Required qualifications include: excellent written and verbal communication skills; team orientation with strong interpersonal skills. Preferred qualifications include: an MS or PhD in biology, computer science or related field; three or more years of experience with web programming and relational database management systems; three or more years of experience with genome database administration or curation, preferably in a GMOD environment; at least one year of experience with web content management, ideally using MediaWiki; freedom to travel 5-15 weeks/yr.

To Apply: Please provide a cover letter and CV, including contact information for three references, to Hilmar Lapp, Assistant Director of Informatics, NESCent, at, and submit materials through the UNC HR website. Inquiries may be addressed to H. Lapp at by email or by phone at 919.668.5288.

Posted to the GMOD News on 2011/02/21