Visionary for Biological Sequence Display and Analysis Tools

Bethesda, Maryland
Computercraft offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.
September 28 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
All Industry

Visionary for Biological Sequence Display and Analysis Tools

Computercraft is seeking a forward thinker to work on site at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to drive the advancement of existing and new sequence display and analysis tools. This individual will develop and actualize a user-focused vision for NCBI’s displays and tools that are part of many well-known sequence resources (e.g., BLAST, RefSeq, Gene, Genome Data Viewer) relied upon daily for sequence alignment and analysis. This work will involve identifying and prioritizing customer needs, conceiving a vision for the advancement of these displays and tools, developing a plan to guide implementation, and working in a cross-functional capacity, communicating with both scientists and programmers as well as NCBI leadership.

To see the “big picture,” the right candidate will have training in molecular biology, bioinformatics, or related field and bench research to understand the science; familiarity with graphical displays (genome browsers), aligners, and sequence analysis tools to understand currently available resources; knowledge of how these tools are used by those engaged in basic research, clinical work, and educational efforts to understand the needs of NCBI’s users; and experience in the area of software development to understand the process for transforming ideas into public-facing online products.


  • Determine community needs with respect to different areas of sequence analysis through attendance at research conferences, analysis of the literature, and the establishment of relationships with biologists and bioinformaticians
  • Evaluate competitor tools
  • Identify existing and new research areas that would benefit from tools and displays offering access to NCBI sequence data
  • Support program leadership in defining a product vision, a road map, and growth opportunities for sequence data analysis tools
  • Provide direction to Agile development teams to transform NCBI’s value-added sequence data into resources serving researchers, educators and clinicians world wide
  • Define, evaluate, and apply key performance indicators in development of NCBI resources

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, bioinformatics, or related field
  • Extensive experience with a wide range of locally developed, public and/or commercial tools for sequence analysis and visualization of biological data (e.g., graphical displays/genome browsers, BLAST, alignment tools)
  • Experience with software development, including writing scripts
  • Ability to develop a creative, user-focused vision and communicate vision to developers
  • Proficiency in problem solving, planning, and time management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, consensus-building, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to guide and motivate a product team and collaborate with cross-functional groups of scientists and software developers

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated engagement with communities developing or using sequence analysis tools
  • Postdoctoral training
  • Familiarity with Agile development methods
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

This is a full-time position working on site at NCBI, NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland. To apply for this position or learn about other Computercraft job opportunities, please visit the Careers section of our website:

Computercraft offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, the opportunity for a positive work–life balance with a standard 40-hour work week, and the chance to work alongside a team of highly accomplished professionals.

Computercraft is an equal opportunity employer.

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