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STAFF SCIENTIST 1 -Deputy Program Head, Sequence Enhancements, Tools, and Delivery (SeqPlus) Program

National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information
Bethesda, Maryland
This non‐competitive appointment in the excepted service is like a federal full‐time position.
Closing date
Jan 12, 2024

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Life Sciences, Bioinformatics
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 
Information Engineering Branch (IEB) is recruiting for a Staff Scientist 1 to support the Sequence 
Enhancements, Tools, and Delivery (SeqPlus) Program, which includes eukaryotic, prokaryotic, and viral Reference Sequence (RefSeq) databases, the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST), the Conserved Domains Database (CDD), the NCBI Pathogen Detection Pipeline, NCBI Datasets, and sequence visualization and analysis tools. NLM is one of 27 Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

NCBI performs research in computational biology and creates and maintains information systems and computational tools for the biological research and clinical communities. This involves the 
organization and enhancement of NCBI's sequence content and delivery of data, tools, and displays to accelerate research and maximize the impact on human health.

NLM NCBI IEB is looking for an outstanding candidate with extensive experience in sequence data 
generation, curation, analysis, and management. The responsibilities of this position include the 
following activities:

•  communicating and collaborating with SeqPlus and IEB leadership to discuss policy, priorities, 
and activities;
•  providing strategic recommendations to SeqPlus and IEB leadership for development and engagement 
so that researchers may take maximal advantage of NCBI's sequence content as relevant to their 
research and/or sequence data analysis needs;
•  assisting the SeqPlus Program Head in coordinating work priorities across a suite of multi‐ 
disciplinary teams comprised of software developers, data curators, and data analysts;
•  supporting the SeqPlus Program Head and team leads in communicating with and engaging in 
collaborations with external entities and institutions (with an emphasis on curating or organizing 
sequence data and metadata or developing tools that consume it);
•  supporting SeqPlus operational goals by collaborating with other program staff including 
managers, subject matter experts (SMEs), product owners, project managers, developers, and others;
•  providing consultation related to informatics applications for sequence data curation, 
annotation, analysis, and display;
•  evaluating and communicating on solutions for data/information and process quality, efficiency, 
and effectiveness;
•  representing NCBI’s products, standards, and values externally through participation in working 
groups, committees, presenting at conferences, webinars, and/or publications;
•  serving as a liaison between other IEB programs to facilitate SeqPlus‐related needs; 
•  working in an Agile Framework for product development.

The ideal candidate may or may not be a United States citizen and must have a doctoral degree. We are looking for an individual with:

•  a Ph.D. or equivalent from an accredited college in a biomedical science or related 
•  three or more years of postdoctoral or other job experience related to biological data curation, 
data analysis, or scientific data management;
•  evidence of leadership as demonstrated by prior positions, role in working groups or 
collaborations or conferences/workshops, or letters of recommendation;
•  experience in, and an outstanding track record of, managing or significantly supporting the 
management of a scientific program area;
•  proven ability to successfully engage in multi‐disciplinary collaborative projects;
•  demonstrated ability to initiate and successfully deliver bioinformatic applications focused on 
organizing and serving biological sequence data;
•  demonstrated knowledge of biological data community standards and sequence analysis 
•  outstanding communication, project management, and organizational skills; and
•  demonstrated ability to work closely and productively with data product teams

Applicants who have completed part or all their education outside of the United States must have 
their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign 
education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United 
States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on 
foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services 
(NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Employees, contractors, trainees, and volunteers providing healthcare or services in support of 
healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID‐19 vaccination and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during employment with NIH. For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce page on vaccines. If you need a COVID‐19 vaccine, please visit

This non‐competitive appointment in the excepted service is like a federal full‐time position. 
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. A full package of benefits is 

Interested individuals should send a copy of their CV with the names of three references along with 
a cover letter detailing experience developing and managing biological sequence‐related resources 
and evidence of engagement in external collaborations related to the curation, analysis, or display 
of biomedical data to  Please include the announcement number, 
NLM2790‐2020, in the cover letter. Do not include your birth date, social security number (SSN), or 
personal photograph on application materials.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

NIH/NLM encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The U.S. government does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, pregnancy, and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an 
employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non‐merit factors. 
NIH/NLM will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. If 
you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.

DHHS, NIH, and NLM are equal opportunity employers

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