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STAFF SCIENTIST 1 (SeqPlus Product Owner)



The National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Information Engineering Branch (IEB) is recruiting for a Staff Scientist 1 position. The position is in the IEB Sequence Enhancements, Tools, and Delivery Sequence Plus (SeqPlus) program, which includes eukaryotic, prokaryotic, and viral Reference Sequence (RefSeq) databases, Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST), Conserved Domains Database (CDD), NCBI Pathogen Detection Pipeline, NCBI Datasets, and sequence visualization and analysis tools. NLM is one of 27 Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

NCBI performs research in computational biology and creates and maintains information systems and computational tools for the biological research and clinical communities. This involves the organization and enhancement of NCBI's sequence content and delivery of data, tools, and displays to accelerate research and maximize impact on human health. 

NLM’s NCBI-IEB is looking for an outstanding candidate with extensive experience in sequence data curation, analysis, delivery, and management. The responsibilities of this position include the following activities: 

  • communicating and collaborating with SeqPlus and IEB leadership to discuss product priorities and activities and provide strategic recommendations for product development and engagement;
  • providing strategic recommendations to SeqPlus leadership for development and engagement opportunities so that researchers may take maximal advantage of NCBI's sequence content as relevant to their research and/or sequence data analysis needs;
  • providing a product vision and plan and prioritizing feature development for informatics applications supporting searching, browsing, and delivery of NCBI sequence and metadata;
  • coordinating work priorities for a multi-disciplinary team comprised of software developers, data curators, and data analysts;
  • serving as the product ambassador internally and externally, keeping customers and stakeholders informed of product status, sharing knowledge, and answering questions related to the product;
  • connecting with, and engaging in, collaborations with external entities and institutions informing the development of tools delivering sequence data and metadata;
  • supporting SeqPlus operational goals by collaborating with members of other program product teams, including managers, subject matter experts (SMEs), product owners, project managers, developers, and others;
  • representing NCBI’s products, standards, and values externally, through participation in working groups, committees, presenting at conferences, webinars or publications;and
  • working in an Agile Framework for product development.


The ideal candidate may or may not be a United States citizen and must have a doctoral degree. We are looking for an individual with: 

  • a Ph.D. or equivalent from an accredited college in molecular biology and/or a biomedical science;
  • three or more years of postdoctoral or other job experience related to biological data curation, data analysis, or scientific data management;  
  • experience in, and an outstanding track record of, managing a multi-disciplinary scientific product development team;
  • proven ability to successfully engage in multi-disciplinary collaborative projects; 
  • experience curating and organizing sequence data, including assembled genomes, and annotations, from NLM/NCBI sequence databases;
  • demonstrated ability to initiate and successfully lead delivery of bioinformatic applications focused on searching, browsing and delivery of sequence data and metadata through web and programmatic interfaces; 
  • demonstrated knowledge of biological data community standards and sequence analysis tools;and
  • outstanding communication, project management, and organizational


Applicants who have completed part or all their education outside of the United States must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment. 

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This non-competitive appointment in the excepted service is like a federal full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. A full package of benefits is available. 


Interested individuals should send a copy of their CV with the names of three references along with a cover letter detailing experience developing and managing biological sequence related resources and evidence of engagement in external collaborations related to the curation, analysis, or display of biomedical data to Please include the announcement number, NLM 2789-2020, in the cover letter. Do not include your birth date, social security number (SSN), or personal photograph on application materials.  

Review of applications will begin on Feb 5, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  


NIH/NLM encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The U.S. government does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, pregnancy, and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. NIH/NLM will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. 

DHHS, NIH, and NLM are equal opportunity employers 



Last Reviewed: January 5, 2023