Bioinformatics Developer for ISB-CGC Cancer Gateway Cloud Resource in Rockville, MD at General Dynamics Information Technology

Date Posted: 8/12/2019

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    Rockville, MD
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    Greater than 15 years
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Job Description

Do you want to help cancer researchers move their data analysis into the cloud?  Are you interested in helping researchers use powerful Google Cloud Platform Technologies such as BigQuery, Genomics API, and Cloud ML? Are you following the development of the GA4GH cloud tools and APIs, and workflow languages such as CWL and WDL?   If any or all of this excites you, we want you to join our team! 

We are one of NCI’s \'Cancer Genomics Cloud Resources\', the ISB-CGC, developed by GDIT and our partners at ISB (Institute for Systems Biology) to democratize access to data and cloud-scale computing for cancer researchers worldwide.

The position is for full time employment and will be based at our Rockville GDIT office.  Telework may be possible for this role and will be case-by-case and based on significant performance on deliverables, on scope, and schedule.


  • Develop -omics and clinical pipelines/workflows and/or Jupyter notebooks based on rapidly developing technologies to allow ISB-CGC end users to optimize the use of NCI -omics and clinical data in the Google Cloud Platform
  • Write examples, tutorials, and create videos for the ISB-CGC documentation that demonstrates to end-users how to best use bioinformatics tools/pipelines on the Google Cloud as well as for tutorials on our ISB-CGC web-applications
  • Help with expanding available public datasets and assist with the improvement of querying capabilities across multiple datasetsAid researchers wanting to customize their own analysis to answer specific research questions
  • Learn/ keep up-to-date with GA4GH and other worldwide -omics and personalized medicine initiatives

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • BS or the equivalent and five years related experience
  • Experience with implementing bioinformatics pipelines/workflows,  Jupyter notebooks and R scripts in a research environment
  • Proficiency in several of the following: UNIX/LINUX, SQL, bash scripting, R and Python programming
  • Prior experience interacting with bioinformaticians and computational biologists through documentation and tutorials

Preferred experience:

  • Masters or Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, or related field. 
  • Experience with cloud development ecosystems – Google and / or AWS.
  • Creating and using container technologies such as Docker or Singularity  
  • Implementing parallel computation for bioinformatics pipelines
  • Demonstrated fluency with tools and methods for -omics data analysis (bwa, GATK, Picard, samtools, vcftools, RVTESTS, beagle, GenomicRanges, tools for RNAseq analysis, etc.)
  • Cancer research experience
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