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SciCrunch is a data sharing and display platform, which was designed to help communities of researchers create their own portals to provide access to resources, databases and tools of relevance to their research areas. One such project, The Neuroscience Information Framework is a dynamic inventory of Web-based neuroscience resources, it is an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, NIF advances neuroscience research by enabling discovery and access to public research data and tools worldwide through an open source, networked environment. Established in 2004, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research brings the 16 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices that support neuroscience research into a collaborative framework to coordinate their ongoing efforts and to plan new cross-cutting initiatives. Working together, representatives from the partner Institutes, Centers, and Offices identify pervasive challenges in neuroscience and any technological barriers to solving them. The NIF project is designed to serve the biomedical research community and now supports a number of initiatives. Another project, the NIDDK Information Network (dkNET) is another large pools of data relevant to the mission of The National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), it offers a search portal to find community-vetted materials, data and tools relevant to NIDDK, personalized search and display of results, and community news and social networking.
Works on assignments of moderate scope focused on the analysis and development of ontologies and terminologies. The Biomedical Semantic Applications Programmer will work as a member of our bioinformatics team and will be responsible for the maintenance, enhancement, and documentation of SciCrunch's terminologies, ontologies and semantic infrastructure. Specifically, the Programmer will be responsible for knowledge engineering and supporting systems involved in the querying, viewing, federating, analyzing and managing of large, bio-medical ontologies and utilizing these ontologies to annotate primary research data. The Programmer will also interact with domain scientists to research and build requirements specifications and test deployed systems. Infrastructure to be maintained include SciGraph, a Neo4J backed ontology service; InterLex, a community terminology portal; the NIF Ontologies, that brings together an extensive set of terms and concepts from community ontologies while also adding new terms and concepts important for the domains of neuroscience and biology.
Uses professional bioinformatics concepts. Applies computational procedures to resolve a variety of analysis and research issues. Works on assignments of moderate scope where analysis of data requires a review of avariety of factors. Assists in additional analyses as needed to achieve research objectives.
Bachelor's degree in biological science, computational / programming, or related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Two (2) or more years of relevant experience.
Working knowledge of bioinformatics methods and data structures. Demonstrated ability to organize large volumes of data using creative tools, logs and databases created to use withmultiple research projects.
Working knowledge of applications programming and web development.
Working knowledge of databases.
Working project management skills. Strong decision making skills and ability to use independent judgment and discretion to quickly set priorities andestablish new procedures when needed. Demonstrated ability to research, analyze, recommend, communicate, andimplement solutions. Must be able to function successfully with minimal direction
Working knowledge of modern biology and applicable field of research.
Interpersonal skills in order to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.
Ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility. Ability to work successfully witha diverse group of people with varying perspectives and needs. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly andconcisely, both verbally and in writing.
Self motivated, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills.
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