Microbial Genomics for Biofuels and Co-products from Biorefinaries
Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba

Start date: available immediately
Closing date for applications: Until position is filled

Project Description: One position is available to conduct cutting-edge research employing the tools of bioinformatics in a multidisciplinary team including microbiologists, molecular biologists and biosystems engineers. This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to research whose aim is to develop a sustainable energy source from cellulosic wastes. This collaborative project seeks to characterize both known and newly discovered cellulose-degrading microbes and their genomes, leading to metabolic engineering, and to the development of designer microbial consortia,  to enhance synthesis of fuels and bioproducts. A range of organisms, approaches and biofuels will be investigated. A project summary can be viewed at This project is co-funded by Genome Canada and the Manitoba Ministry of Science, Technology Energy and Mines (STEM).

The successful applicant will join a team of bioinformaticians and information technologists who are mining and managing data from this project. This team carries out work in the following areas: analysis of data from transcriptomics and microarray experiments; de-novo annotation of newly-sequenced microbial genomes; development of high-throughput analytical pipelines; database design; software design; comparative genomics of cellulose degrading microorganisms; data mining and in-silico metabolic engineering. This project affords many opportunities for original contributions in both basic and applied research in bioinformatics, as they relate to the project.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants must: possess a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics or Biostatistics from a recognized University; have knowledge of statistics and biochemistry with strengths in data mining and programming; have extensive experience in object-oriented programming in Java or Python on a Unix platform; have a demonstrated record of independent as well as collaborative research and scholarly publications; and excellent oral and written communication skills. We will also consider computer scientists with a strong background in biology.

The University and Community: The University of Manitoba is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment including symphony, opera, dance, theatre, sports, and ethnic festivals. The region provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at

Applications: Funding for the project is available through September 30, 2013, with possible extension to December 2013.  The University of Manitoba exercises a Canadian-first policy. Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents are strongly preferred. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy” (Manitoba). Please note that your curriculum vitae will be provided to participating members of the search process. Applications, including curriculum vitae, short statement of research interests and the names and addresses (including phone, fax and e-mail addresses) of three referees should be sent to:

Dr. Brian Fristensky
Associate Professor
Department of Plant Science
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB CANADA R3T 2N2
Phone: 204-474-6085 FAX: 204-474-7528