Jr. Bioinformatics Scientist

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Posting title
Jr. Bioinformatics Scientist

Roles and responsibilities
Must be authorized to work in the United States
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 Jr. Bioinformatics Scientist 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 www.columbususa.com

Job Description:
The contractor shall be guided by existing policies, procedures, directions, orders, and other guidance:
• Develop and maintain whole-genome and exome variant calling methodologies in support of gene discovery, gene therapy, model systems, and related clinical research projects within the Organic Acid Research (OAR) and Metabolism, Infection and Immunity (MINI) Sections.
• Provide broad-based programming and analytic support for a wide variety of bioinformatic and genomic research projects, including the development of software pipelines for the processing and high-level analysis of next-generation sequence data, including ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq, Methyl-seq, RNA-seq data, and AAV integration analyses in the OAR and MINI Sections.
• Work with the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (NISC) and Bioinformatics Core on the analysis and visualization of data derived from emerging sequencing methodologies.
• Interact with scientists in the OAR and MINI Sections to assess their needs with respect to massive (terabyte-sized) data sets; develop concrete and tractable project plans for completing these projects.
• Write portions of scientific manuscripts; present data in seminars and poster sessions.
• Collaborate with staff on teaching activities, in both small- and large-group fora.
• Provide support and training to laboratory bioinformatics trainees with regards to developing new pipelines for the analysis of high-throughput data and the optimization of code for use in supercomputing environments.
• Provide detailed project documentation so that all methodologies can be reproduced and applied to similar studies in the future.

Required Skills: 
• Master’s degree in a science related field. Three (3) years of specialized experience plus a BA/BS degree is equivalent to a Master’s degree.
• Minimum of two (2) years of experience in a related field.
• Relevant bioinformatics experience, including demonstrated experience in running the GATK pipeline to call sequence variants and building warehouses to store, query, and display the resulting genotypes.
• Demonstrated experience programming in Perl, Python or an equivalent scripting language.
• Demonstrated experience in developing and deploying applications on UNIX or Linux platforms in a high-performance computing (HPC) environment.
• Knowledge and experience with full-stack web application development, particularly us-ing MongoDB, Python (Flask framework), and javascript (React, jquery).
• Knowledge and demonstrated experience analyzing other types of next-generation sequencing data, (e.g., RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, or related data).
• Demonstrated success in sharing scientific information, through the writing of scientific manuscripts and the oral presentation of data in seminars and poster sessions.
• Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
• Excellent analytical, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
• Proven critical-thinking skills and demonstrated ability to manage and interpret large bio-logical data sets.

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