Genome science is in its relative infancy - but it's growing fast. Collectively, public and private sector research has created repositories of hundreds of thousands of genomes (a set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism encoded in DNA) and metagenomes (a set of genes or genetic material from a community of interacting cells, typically microorganisms encoded in DNA). However this incredibly rich and promising resource is inaccessible in its current form to most users, creating unnecessary barriers for businesses, academics and the wider audience of global citizens to interact with our expanding perception of planetary life. Thus, the gap in our market is reflected in the inaccessibility of genomic information to different market segments and the human populace in general, limiting our capacity to harness genomic information to build our common future in a time of rapid environmental and social change. But our vision of the App changes this and makes this information available to everyone – from their phones!
Our vision for the proposed App, provisionally called "The Genomes & Metagenomes", is to provide an aesthetic and informative genome-centric view of life on Earth - accessible and available at a reasonable price to anyone with an internet connection. The Genomes & Metagenomes App is similar in design to the popular “The Elements” application developed by Theodore Gray, that provides a visually rich and interactive framework for understanding the Periodic Table of Elements. The Genomes & Metagenomes App will incorporate visual design using Circos (http://circos.ca/) and provide an unparalleled level of user involvement to create an interactive experience of Earth's genomic diversity. The Genomes & Metagenomes App would allow users to move beyond the outdated and inaccurate metaphor of DNA “as a blueprint for life” to DNA “as a visual language for life”, one that educates and informs at the same time. We have professionally designed UI/UX in place. We have style cards, screens and map of the App we love. Now we want to bring it to life and make it available to the public. But we need content! We are looking for a talented biologist and educator to help curate and create content for our APP. We started – but the world of biology…well – its huge and diverse and there is so much to look at. We need help!
Duties and responsibilities
This project focuses on creating entertaining and educational material for our App. We would like to curate public and privately available genomes from all domains of life! We need fact checking, data scraping, data visualization and creativity. The App should be fun. We will provide examples for several organisms and then let you take it from there (with help, feedback and guidance!). You will also have the chance to work closely with our developer and multiple scientists who work in the field.
- Build the prototype content to reach as most users as possible
- Prototype content will include copy for:
- Login & Sign-up
- Dashboard (with the sections: Learn about Genomics, Discover, Stories, Sharing, and Settings)
- Ensure cross platform consistency
- Provide feedback and collaborate with the scientific and development team to refine content
- Create content strategy and incorporate pedological principles of digital information
- Manage roll out of content
- Coordinate with our marketing team to ensure consistency in voice and strategy
- Prototype content will include copy for:
Knowledge and skills
- Demonstrated knowledge in and of genomics, metagenomics and bioinformatics
- Experience in article writing, content curation, copy writing and editing
- Technical writing experience an asset
- Demonstrated visual communication and visual design
- Bachelor of Science or greater in Biology, English, Education or related field
Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.
Qualified interns are:
- Post-secondary students and graduates
- No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Available to work for at least six months
- Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
- Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)
*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.