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Staff Scientist 1, Deputy Program Head

National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

About the position

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; and
  • working in an Agile Framework for product development.

Apply for this vacancy

What you'll need to apply

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.

Contact name

Melissa Kopyto


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 discipline;
  • 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 tools;
  • outstanding communication, project management, and organizational skills; and
  • demonstrated ability to work closely and productively with data product teams

Additional Information

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.