Dear HUPO Members,
The Human Proteome Project (HPP) was launched in 2010 under the aegis of HUPO. The HPP was built upon a matrix structure, incorporating existing HUPO scientific initiatives (e.g., plasma, brain, liver proteome, etc), the gene/chromosomal-centric (started 2012 and abbreviated as C-HPP) and protein-biology-disease-centric approaches (also started 2012 and called B/D-HPP). These are now underpinned by 4 resource pillars (affinity/antibody reagents, mass spectrometry, knowledgebase and pathology). The vision of HUPO is that HPP activities will collectively and ultimately lead to breakthroughs in medicine, biotechnology and the life sciences, thereby leaving a legacy of human proteome research.
The HPP continues to make progress, addressing two specific challenges;
- Cataloguing the human protein parts list with high accuracy and understanding the complexity and function of the human proteome (including post-translational modifications, splice variants, proteoforms, small proteins/peptides, etc). Data deposition and analysis occurs globally through portals (e.g., ProteomeXchange) and via major specific efforts (e.g., Human Protein Atlas, PeptideAtlas) with communal guidelines/metrics published and an annual communal reanalysis of whole human proteome’s protein existence (PE) status release through neXtProt; and
- Making proteomics an integrated complement to genomics and other “omics” across the clinical, biomedical and life sciences research space.
In January 2019, Mark Baker (previous HUPO President), took over as Chair of the HPP to carry on the mantle from Gil Omenn (HUPO co-Founder and Chair of the HPP since its inception) in driving the current and future initiatives of the Human Proteome Project. With the expanding goals of the HPP and aggressive timelines to drive the numerous initiatives under the HPP umbrella of activities, we seek to engage a vibrant, well-organized, and goal-oriented proteomics researcher to the newly created HPP Co-Chair position to support and assist the HPP Chair.
The HPP Co-Chair position is a 2-year term and will commence January 2020. Responsibilities of the HPP Co-Chair include:
- Supporting all HPP initiatives (C-HPP, B/D-HPP), resource pillars (MS, antibodies, knowledgebase and pathology) and their respective teams;
- Substituting as HPP Executive Committee Chair when required;
- Representing the HPP at national/international/strategic meetings;
- Creating the online Human Proteome Reference Library in liaison with all HPP streams, initiatives, pillars and collaborating teams;
- Developing an electronic HPP personal sign-up system - with a view to recruiting broadening and increasing HPP membership;
- Liaising with the HUPO Marketing and HUPO External Development (HEDI) Committees to (i) support the development of strategic funded projects, and (ii) create HUPO/HPP/proteomics visual timeline and other resources for the scientific community;
- Supporting working parties tasked with developing organizational change around HP governance, attainment of agreed HPP legacies and unification of HPP activities;
- Assisting development of a HPP Ambassador program; and
- Assisting in the production of the HPP decadal report for release at HUPO2020 in Stockholm.
The HPP is seeking a strong, strategic, vibrant, enthusiastic and collegial leader who would be a suitable candidate to support and represent the HPP. HUPO is keen to ensure regional, gender and early career scientist equity across its management structures. This position is honorary and in line with the many organizational positions within the HUPO executive committee.
Applications will be reviewed and voted on by the HUPO and HPP Executive Committees, and the successful candidate will need to be ratified by HUPO Council at their HUPO2019 Meeting in Adelaide.
To apply, please submit a brief (<1 page) vision statement outlining why you are a suitable candidate for this position. Email vision statement to firstname.lastname@example.org before August 23, 2019.