Job:Bioinformatics programming with HIV Databases, Los Alamos National Lab
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Vacancy Name: IRC110345
Job Title: Web and Database Programmer (Research Technologist 1)
Organization Name: T-6 / Theoretical Biology & Biophysics Group

What You Will Do:

The HIV Databases at LANL ( are a global resource for HIV/AIDS research funded by the NIH/NIAID. We provide curated HIV genetic sequences & immunological data along with analysis tools.

We seek a motivated, skilled, and independent computer programmer with experience in web interfaces to develop and maintain database and bioinformatics tools and applications. The primary responsibility of the position will be sustaining & significantly improving the data entry system for the HIV Molecular Immunology Database. This meaningful work has already impacted the lives of tens of millions of people living with HIV.

The candidate will have excellent communication skills and be part of a team of biologists and programmers in an academic research environment. This is a full-time position for a minimum of two to three years

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Mastery of one or more programming languages. Ability and willingness to learn and use languages in order to maintain and extend existing code.
  • Proficiency with relational databases, database programming, and relational calculus; PostgreSQL for web-based applications preferred.
  • Experience with the software development process including version control, documentation, testing, and continuous integration.
  • Experience with data validation and security. Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 2 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
    Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in programming within a Linux operating system.
  • Experience with software containers in Linux.
  • Background knowledge of immunology and molecular biology.
  • Proficiency with probability and statistics.
  • Competency in multiple computer languages (e.g. R, LaTeX, JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, make, bash, or Fortran).
  • Experience using Perl. Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine: The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 2-3 years.

Note to Applicants: Diverse candidates with expertise in any of the aforementioned areas are strongly encouraged to apply. The Theoretical division contributes to computer modeling, and the tests and applications that result from modeling help define new directions in basic research. Our strong interdisciplinary teaming and unique research facilities allow us to develop solutions to complex problems, and to support partners and collaborators, all with the goal of strengthening national security and making a safer world. T6 is one of the few research groups in the world devoted to mathematical modeling and computational analysis of problems in cellular and molecular biology.

Applications should be submitted by June 26, 2022, for full consideration.

For further information please contact Brian Foley (

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paid maternity and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A. No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status. Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements. Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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