Received from Charles Elkan, 22 April 2006
Wanted: outstanding candidates for a bioinformatics postdoctoral position
in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of
California, San Diego (UCSD). The start date can be any time in spring or
summer 2006. The position is open to candidates of all nationalities.
What is the project?
This is a new four-year project funded by NIH through an R01 grant to PI
Prof. Milton H. Saier, with Prof. Charles Elkan as co-PI. The goal of the
project is to automate the future development of an existing successful
database of over 3000 membrane transport proteins known as TCDB.
For information on TCSDB see
Saier MH Jr, Tran CV, Barabote RD. "TCDB: the Transporter
Classification Database for membrane transport protein analyses
and information", Nucleic Acids Res. 2006 Jan 1;34:D181-6.
which is available at
The goal of the project is to use text classification methods to identify
automatically new articles that contain data that should be entered into
TCDB, and then to use information extraction algorithms to extract
specific facts to populate the database.
The person hired will be strongly encouraged to do independent research
Who should apply?
Researchers holding a Ph.D. in computer science or bioinformatics who can
do high-quality research in information extraction and text mining from
scientific articles. Current postdocs and new Ph.D. graduates are both
- Able to design and implement methods for real-world text processing
- Able to first-author high-quality conference and journal papers
- Knowledge of machine learning methods applied to bioinformatics
- Knowledge of cellular and molecular biology
- Experience with robust, scalable, web-based software development
How to apply
Send a CV as soon as possible to Prof. Elkan at email@example.com.
Leading candidates will be asked to arrange for letters of recommendation
to be sent also.
About San Diego and UCSD
UCSD is an equal-opportunity employer offering competitive salaries and
benefits. The UCSD campus is located in one of the most scenic parts of
southern California, with one of the best climates in the world, and with
dozens of biotechnology and biomedical companies and research centers
within a few miles.
UCSD is one of the top-ranked universities in the world for bioinformatics
research. Computational biology faculty include Profs. Pavel Pevzner,
Vineet Bafna, and Eleazar Eskin. Machine learning faculty include Profs.
Yoav Freund, Lawrence Saul, Sanjoy Dasgupta, and Gary Cottrell.