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Computational Scientist I/II (Genomics)

Frederick National Laboratory
Frederick County, MD
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Jan 17, 2022

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Computational Scientist I/II (Genomics)

Job ID: req2331
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Clinical Research Program
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Our core values of accountability, compassion, collaboration, dedication, integrity, and versatility serve as a guidepost for how we do our work every day in serving the public's interest.

Position Overview:


The Molecular Characterization Laboratory (MoCha) is part of Leidos Biomedical Research's Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. The MoCha Laboratory is responsible for providing high-level research in support of the NCI-Cancer Diagnostics Program (CDP) within the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD). MoCha's major activities include development and application of genomic assay platforms for use in DCTD-sponsored national clinical trials and preclinical studies.


We are seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and collaborative computational scientist to support computational and biological related questions in assigned projects/programs:
Develop, validate and maintain genomic analysis pipelines generated from the MoCha lab and/or collaborator(s) Interact with PIs to define strategies for genomic data analysis including hypothesis generation and testing of predictive biomarkers of drug response Provide biological interpretation of the genomic analysis to advance the understanding of cancer Supervise and collaborate with other bioinformatics team members to ensure the quality of work and the prioritization of projects to meet deadlines Be responsible for generating scientific opinions, identifying potential resources or constraints, and proposing strategies for exploiting available databases and program data generated at the molecular and cellular levels Interact extensively with intramural laboratories at the NIH and extramural scientists and present the findings to PIs

This position may be filled at the Computational Scientist I or II level.

To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
Possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in biomedical science/bioinformatics/math/statistics/computer-related discipline. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
Computational Scientist I - No work experience required with a Doctorate degree Computational Scientist II - a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible scientific and/or complex system management/bioinformatics experience Extensive experience in analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data (including quality metrics, mapping, variant calling, quantitation of gene expression and biological interpretation) Experience managing large datasets and computational tasks in a Linux-based high-performance computing environment and cloud environment Proficiency with Bash, Python, Perl, R, C/C++, and/or JAVA and bioinformatics tools and database management Experience with Snakemake, make, or other workflow management systems Strong computational/bioinformatics skills and demonstrated ability to work with scientists to deliver on objectives in defined timelines are required Independence, self-motivation, innovation and ability to excel in a goal-oriented, multifaceted and fast-moving team environment are required Experience and demonstrated success in a team-oriented environment and excellent communication skills (written and oral); ability to organize and execute multiple projects in parallel Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
This position is essential to the success of MoCha and on-site presence in Frederick, MD and occasionally in Shady Grove (Rockville, MD) is required.


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
Peer reviewed publications demonstrating knowledge of the biology of cancer Experience with Ion Torrent systems, including the Ion Reporter system Experience with variant review and QC control in a CLIA certified laboratory

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

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