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Opportunity: RefSeq Curator @ Computercraft Corporation--Bethesda, MD (US)
Submitted by Computercraft Corporation; posted on Friday, August 13, 2010
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Computercraft seeks a highly motivated individual who will use his or her biological expertise to define RefSeq sequence standards and to contribute functional annotation to both the sequence record and the companion resource, Entrez Gene. The NCBI Reference Sequence (RefSeq) project provides reference sequence standards that are used internationally for genome annotation. RefSeqs provide a stable reference for gene characterization, mutation analysis, expression studies, and polymorphism discovery.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the RefSeq project while using state-of-the art computational tools and databases. You will work on-site at the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Duties:
- Evaluate and analyze sequence data to provide the most complete and accurate reference sequence to define coding and non-coding transcripts, protein products, and genomic regions
- Review literature and database resources and resolve database conflicts to provide gene-specific information for display in Entrez Gene
- Communicate with other scientists to ensure the highest quality data content for RefSeq records and the Entrez Gene database
- Contribute toward an international collaborative effort to define genes for human and other organisms
- Coordinate with model organism databases and other organism-specific interest groups to ensure timely processing of genomic sequence data and accurate display of annotation in NCBI resources

This is an intellectually challenging, detail-oriented position which will provide an excellent opportunity to use your biology expertise in a non-laboratory position. For more information about the RefSeq project and Entrez Gene, please see:

RefSeq: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/RefSeq/
Entrez Gene: [link]

REQUIREMENTS:
- Ph.D. in biology, molecular biology, or related field
- Extensive experience with sequence analysis
- Strong logic, problem-solving, and organizational skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and full fluency in the English language
- Ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate with other scientists
- Ability to adhere to established procedures and review work for completeness and accuracy
- A detail-oriented perspective
- Postdoctoral experience on a genomics project, while not required, is advantageous
- Genuine interest in contributing to the support of public database resources such as RefSeq and Entrez Gene

COMPENSATION:
Computercraft offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including PPO health insurance with 100% company paid premiums, 401K program with matching, paid time off and holiday pay, life insurance, flexible spending and disability coverage. We offer an excellent work life balance with a standard 40 hour work week and the chance to work alongside accomplished scientists at NIH/NCBI.

HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position or learn about other Computercraft job opportunities, please visit the Careers section of our website: http://www.computercraft-usa.com/

Computercraft is an equal opportunity employer.

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