Senior Bioinformatics Engineer Full Time Fort Detrick, MD, US Requisition ID: 1600
The National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) federal laboratory sponsored by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and operated by the Battelle National Biodefense Institute, LLC (BNBI).
Functions as a senior member of a team of bioinformatics software engineers developing and maintaining tools and pipelines that enable efficient and reproducible analyses of bioforensic samples.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Requires a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a relevant computational discipline, and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. • Fluency in multiple programming languages required for small- and large-scale tool development and scripting (e.g., Bash, Perl, Python, Java, R, C/C++). • Expertise developing and operating in a UNIX/Linux environment. • Familiarity with computing clusters and associated job management software (e.g., SGE, Condor, Hadoop, SLURM, etc.) preferred. • Experience installing bioinformatics software and performing basic system administration tasks preferred. • Familiarity with next-generation sequencing (e.g., Illumina, Pacific Biosciences, Oxford Nanopore Technologies) and associated data types preferred. • Well-versed with bioinformatic software solutions and concepts of data examination. • Capable of trouble-shooting research-grade software developed by third-parties. • Ability to demonstrate success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity and accountability, while collaborating with others using independent thought. • Proficiency and clarity of oral and written communications are essential. • Exemplary organizational skills with a proven track record of working effectively both independently and as a team player. • Knowledge or experience with biocontainment facilities and procedures, laboratory safety, biosurety, and decontamination desirable. • Skills and experience to support laboratory activities and work in accordance with NBACC’s management system (e.g., ISO). • *Must be a citizen of the United States,* able to obtain and maintain an interim secret clearance leading to a top secret clearance, suitability for DHS, a favorable adjudication of the Department of Justice (DoJ) for select agent access, and enrollment in the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP). Current clearance(s) desirable. • Participation in the Immunization Program through Frederick Health Employer Solutions (FHES) is required. • May be required to participate in NBACC’s alternative work and/or on-call schedule, dependent upon business needs.
• Maintains familiarity with bioinformatics software, tools and methods and helps determine requirements in these areas to support current and projected NBACC goals and objectives. • Works on extremely complex problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables. • Exercises independent judgment in developing methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria and presenting results for research and bioforensic analyses. • Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments. • Develops protocols, maintains records, and supports Principal Investigators during the writing of analytical reports delivered to the NBACC laboratory directors. • Advanced knowledge of scientific principles and concepts, with sustained performance and accomplishment recognized internally and externally through publications, sponsor feedback, and peer input. • Supports the development of ISO 17025 accredited Bioinformatics, Genomics, and other NBFAC capabilities. • Maintains a safe work environment by participating in specialized training and review of safety manuals and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). • Identifies departures from the Quality Management System (QMS) and initiates actions to investigate and prevent such occurrences. • Ensures competence of staff to operate specific equipment or perform tests and issues Authorizations. • Provides analysis, opinions and interpretation, and issues bioforensic test reports. • Develops, optimizes and validates new or modified methods and procedures for identifying Biological threat agents. • Prepares necessary SOPs, Work Instructions and other materials required to maintain the QMS under the ISO 17025 Standard. • Maintains and evaluates records of analysis and reviews laboratory results, plans and reports. • Ensures that equipment, reagents and supplies are maintained and used properly. • Directs, prioritizes, schedules and provides technical expertise to staff to conduct work. • Maintains appropriate records. • Performs other assigned duties.
BNBI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.