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Applications will be accepted from July 27, 2021 - August 27, 2021


The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is recruiting for a Staff Scientist 1. The position is in the Information Engineering Branch (IEB) and contributes to NCBI’s virus Reference Sequence (RefSeq) resources. NLM is one of the 27 Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

NLM is looking for an outstanding candidate to work on NCBI’s virus RefSeq resources. The candidate will be responsible for:

  • analyzing, standardizing, disseminating, and curating virus data stored at NCBI;
  • developing curation protocols and training new staff members;
  • integrating information from a wide variety of sources and data types to interpret complex biological problems, especially those involved in viral structure and evolution;
  • providing critical expertise in the curation of virus data using bioinformatics experience;
  • user outreach to research scientists, data scientists, and clinicians; and,
  • interacting and collaborating with scientists within and outside the NIH. This position will be central to clinical and functional interpretation of large-scale viral genomics projects.


The ideal candidate may or may not be a United States citizen and must have a doctoral degree and postdoctoral experience.

We are looking for an individual with:

  • a strong publication record;
  • a track record of outstanding research in viral genomics who can demonstrate expert knowledge in genomics, virology, and the bioinformatics of DNA and RNA sequence analysis; 
  • general knowledge of sequencing techniques and genome assembly;
  • experience in viral genome annotation and the design and use of automated viral annotation tools;
  • experience creating viral sequence reference sets to support taxonomic and bioinformatic use cases;
  • experience in designing and maintaining public-facing resources that support the search, retrieval, and analysis of viral sequence data;
  • excellent communication and organization skills;
  • a proven ability to successfully engage in multi-disciplinary collaborative research.

Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments. A full package of benefits, including retirement, health, life, and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc., is available.

The successful candidate will serve on a non-competitive appointment in the excepted service. 


Interested individuals should send a copy of their CV and Bibliography with names of three references. Include a cover letter detailing research interests and a brief summary of communication and organizational skills and evidence of engagement in multi-disciplinary collaborative research. Send all information to Please include the Job Announcement number, NLM 34-0003, in your cover letter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

Last Reviewed: July 27, 2021