Bioinformatics Scientist in Bethesda, Maryland (NIH Main Campus)
CyberData Technologies, Inc., an established technology solution provider based in Herndon, Virginia, is looking to expand its growing team. We are an industry leader in data warehousing and business intelligence for both government and commercial clients. CyberData ranked 30th Fastest Growing Federal Contractors in Washington Technology 2008 Fast 50, and listed in the Inc. 500. In 2010, CyberData was awarded to NOAALink 8(a) contract, a ten-year, $300 million Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) IDIQ program, and 2 ten-year, 20 billions each, NIH CIO SP3 Small Business and CIO SP3 8(a) GWAC contracts . Our employees are our greatest asset and we are committed to their professional development and growth. We provide competitive salaries, bonuses, generous benefit packages, and paid time off--to balance work and personal commitments.
Job Location: Bethesda, MD
The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as the clinical laboratory of the NIH Clinical Center. The Department of Laboratory Medicine provides state-of-the-art laboratory testing in support of Clinical Center patient care and will serve as a center of excellence in research and training in laboratory medicine, particularly in areas which utilize the unique strengths of the National Institutes of Health.
There are five services within the department: Chemistry Service, Hematology Service, Immunology Service, Microbiology Service, and Phlebotomy Service.
The Microbiology Service has long been a leader in the development and application of methodologies relevant to epidemiologic studies. The Service has also played a significant role in the development and implementation of a variety of genomic-based tests for the detection and identification of bacteria, mycobacteria, and viruses. These molecular methods have identified unique pathogenic organisms in immunocompromised patients and in-house quantitative PCR-based methods have been developed to identify organisms more precisely. The Service has also played a significant role in the development and implementation of a variety of rapid, semi-automated detection systems and special application of these methods to biological products used in new therapeutic approaches.
Job Duties include (but are not limited to):
- Ability to implement components of a bioinformatics software pipeline to analyze next generation sequence data.
- Ability to operate genome assembly tools, annotation algorithms, genome alignment algorithms on genomic data sets generated by ultra-high throughput sequencing technology (Illumina) for de novo genome assembly and analysis.
- Program, operate, and transfer data in UNIX, Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Macintosh OS X systems.
- Perform work on collaborative sequencing project.
- Collaborate with scientists, while seeking to understand their current and potential bioinformatics needs; identify opportunities to apply existing capabilities and optimize operations.
- Assist in the writing, figure generation, publication of manuscripts, and archiving datasets in public/private repositories.
- Interface and communicate effectively with IT personnel to troubleshoot problems, improve standard operations, develop and expand computing resources.
- Operate and communicate effectively in a group, team-oriented working environment. Work with and support others in a collegial, open, respectful, and interactive working manner.
- Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and maintain excellent laboratory notebooks with sufficient details for reproducing results
- Maintain accurate sample tracking and data management; familiarity with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) would be an asset
- Perform problem solving, call technical support to fix problems, initiate service calls or repairs, and interact with field service engineers and field application specialists for repair and optimization of computational technologies
- Stay current with regards to latest protocols, applications, scientific methodology, sample handling and processing relevant to next generation DNA sequencing technologies
Specific activities will include:
• Optimizing application code for high performance on UNIX-type workstations as well as LINUX servers and to ensure efficient use of computing resources in general.
• Integrating, testing, and supporting software developed by other centers or development partners
• Maintaining the software test environment to support migration activities, including auto-builds of stand-alone executables on servers; execution outside of Eclipse environment; and simulation of user operations.
• Creation of installers for various versions; scripts to install and maintain testbeds and servers, maintaining the distribution website; and preparing instructional document to help user installation and use of the software.
Job Requirements include (but are not limited to):
- Advanced degree (Master or PhD) in mathematics, physics, computer science, bioinformatics or software engineering, with experience in bioinformatics.
- Practical knowledge of and skill in computerized data analysis, database management, and computer programming in order to conduct an evaluation of experimental data
- Demonstrated analytical and programming skills
- Competency with statistics and quantitative analyses.
- Ability to work independently, multi-task, be goal-oriented, and communicate effectively.
- Able to master new software rapidly and to instruct others in their use.
- Working knowledge of methods associated with Illumina sequencing required for analyses of resulting data
- Experience with the operation and maintenance of computers with Mac OS X, Linux, Unix, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
- Collaborate with the hardware team to troubleshoot software installation problems and provide hardware requirements for any new infrastructure initiatives
- Attention to detail, strong organizational and troubleshooting abilities, strong written and oral communication skills.
- Must have a high degree of understanding of the theories, principles, practices and methods in the application of high throughput DNA sequencing
- Skill to modify existing analysis software and to develop new approaches to solve problems; to accommodate unusual or unprecedented analytical requirements during the conduct of research projects.
- Ability to formulate sound conclusions, prepare reports summarizing research results, analytical methods performed, interpretation of results, and identify critical scientific questions that require further study; must be able to differentiate when analysis succeeded or failed
- Take initiative to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of daily operations to develop best practices and standard operating procedures for analyzing data in a timely and sound manner• Effectively communicate technical information and work status accurately and reliably to project leads and managers.
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a national agency check and background investigation after hire.
Please send your CV/resume with your salary/rate requirement to firstname.lastname@example.org. Principals only please: no employment agencies. No telephone calls please.
CyberData is an equal opportunity employer.
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