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    Opportunity: Sequence Read Archive Curator II @ Computercraft -- Bethesda, MD (US)
    Submitted by Computercraft Corporation; posted on Friday, August 31, 2012


    Computercraft seeks a highly skilled and self-motivated bioinformatics curator to join the Sequence Read Archive (SRA) group at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The successful candidate will receive, process, and solicit genetic sequencing data sets from scientific projects and investigators. Other job responsibilities include creating complete and accurate SRA records, analyzing sequence data and metadata to address questions about the content and helping administer and maintain the database.

    The SRA is NIH's primary archive of high-throughput sequencing data. It is part of a cluster of sequencing data repositories called the "Trace Archives" (, and is located under the "Primary Data Archives" at NCBI, which includes GenBank. To learn more about the SRA database go to:

    Our scientists work with genomic experts' onsite at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland to create and enhance a suite of databases and cutting edge tools available to researchers worldwide.


    • M.S. or Ph.D. in molecular biology or a related field
    • Scripting experience in PERL or related language
    • Experience with LINUX/UNIX
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • An aptitude for DNA sequence analysis (experience with DNA sequence analysis software is a plus)
    • The ability to work as part of a team
    • A strong desire to support public scientific databases
    • A detail-oriented outlook coupled with a love for puzzle and problem solving


    Desired Skills:
    • Scripting in Bash, Perl, Python, or other shell scripting languages in the UNIX environment
    • Database design, SQL, PL/SQL
    • Ability to use Microsoft Excel and related applications
    • XML, XSLT, and allied technologies
    • Experience with sequence alignment programs (BLAST or related)
    • Experience with array data, especially expression or genotyping data
    • Experience doing QA filtering of genotype data (HWE, non-Mendelian segregation)
    • Experience with the NCBI GEO, SRA, dbSNP, Trace, GenBank, or dbGaP databases


    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.


    To apply for this position or learn about other Computercraft job opportunities, please visit the Careers section of our website:


    Computercraft is an equal opportunity employer.

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