Scientific Database Manager

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Posting title
Scientific Database Manager

Roles and responsibilities
Must be authorized to work in the United States
W2 with full benefits
Some travel may be required
Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen   

Columbus Technologies and Services Inc. is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Columbus offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world. We are currently seeking a Scientific Database Manager to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term position which offers:
- Competitive salary
- Tremendous growth opportunity
- Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
- Learn more about what Columbus can do for you at

Job Description:
• Assist researchers with running third-party software and interpret results where necessary.
• Write custom software to curate datasets and to analyze data as needed.
• Generate and maintain pipeline scripts to streamline repetitive analyses for laboratory re-searchers.
• Maintain current databases and datasets in the laboratory.
• Create databases to track various genomic, epigenetic, and clinical data.
• Submit data to various public databases.
• Prepare data to share with collaborators.

Required Skills:
• Master’s degree or below in bioinformatics, computer science, or a related field, with strong programming and database skills.
• Minimum of two (2) years experience in data management.
• Efficiency in working with Unix/Linux, ability to install software, and bash scripting.
• Fluency in writing scripts in Perl and/or Python, and R.
• Ability to visualize and generate figures to graphically represent complex data using R.
• Working knowledge of Windows and Mac OS.
• Ability to use version control systems, including Github and the Subversion control sys-tem.
• Ability to work with relational databases, including mySQL and Oracle.
• Knowledge of packaging software Snakemake and containers like Singularity, Docker.
• Interest or experience in bioinformatics or a degree in bioinformatics is preferred.
• Experience in handling various types of sequence data, including SNP array, exome, ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, and whole genome data.
• Familiarity with genomic public databases such as UCSC, dbGaP, Ensembl, and the SRA.
• Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
• Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.

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