Staff Scientist, Bacterial Pathogenesis and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit, LCIM, NIAID, NIH

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Bethesda, Maryland
March 25 2021
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Staff Scientist, Bacterial Pathogenesis and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit, LCIM, NIAID, NIH

This opportunity is for a staff scientist position in the Bacterial Pathogenesis and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit (BPARU) of the Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology (LCIM) in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), located on the main Bethesda campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission of BPARU is to improve understanding of the mechanisms underlying pathogenesis and antimicrobial resistance in bacteria of epidemiologic significance in humans.  This position will offer a unique opportunity to work at the intersection of clinical infectious disease, pathogen genomics, metabolomics, and computational biology. To learn more about BPARU, see John P. Dekker, M.D., Ph.D., FCAP. 

The staff scientist will have broad responsibilities in managing research activities in BPARU and will develop and lead research projects in the area of microbial genomics under the direction of the principal investigator. The responsibilities of this position include:

  1. Oversight of technical and scientific operations within the BPARU genomics research group Bioinformatics data analysis support for individual projects Development of computational methods for handling large, complex datasets requiring custom approaches to accommodate project-specific analytical requirements Assistance with maintenance of sequence file databases, oversight of genomic data integrity and quality assurance, and oversight of genomic data uploads to public databases Assistance in supervision, training, and mentorship of postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists in computational genomics approaches Writing of scientific papers and generation of publication quality figures


  • Doctoral degree in genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, molecular biology, or related discipline
  • At least 2 years of postdoctoral experience in bioinformatics, microbial genomics, or related field
  • Expert-level proficiency with programming in environments (such as Linux, Bioconductor R, Perl, and/or Python)
  • Expert-level proficiency with quantitative microbial genomics analysis
  • Ability to devise custom approaches for analyzing large data sets generated by high throughput sequencing technologies (such as Illumina, PacBio, and Nanopore)
  • Exceptional track record of high-impact publications in the field of microbial genomics or related field
  • Ability to assist in writing, figure generation, and publication of manuscripts
  • Ability to assist in management of technical and scientific operations of a genomics research group to achieve project goals
  • Ability to work with others and communicate effectively in a team-oriented working environment
  • Ability to provide leadership and act as a role model and mentor where appropriate or when needed and to lead projects independently

To Apply

Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae (CV), bibliography, and a one- to two-page statement on their background and interests in the position to

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