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Bioinformatics Trainer I/II

Job ID: req1523
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: NIH
Location: NIH Campus 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Our core values of accountability, compassion, collaboration, dedication, integrity, and versatility serve as a guidepost for how we do our work every day in serving the public’s interest.  

 Position Overview:


The Frederick National Laboratory is dedicated to improving human health through the discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS and emerging infectious diseases.

The Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (BIDS) directorate works collaboratively and helps to fulfill the mission of Frederick National Laboratory in the areas of biomedical informatics and data science by developing and applying world leading data science and computing technologies to basic and applied biomedical research challenges, supporting critical operations, developing and delivering national data resources, and employing leading-edge software and data science to effectively enable and advance clinical trials.

The Advanced Biomedical Computing Sciences (ABCS) is a part of the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (BIDS) Program at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. The ABCS provides technology development, scientific consultation, collaboration and training, and high-performance computing support to the NCI and NIH scientists and staff. The Bioinformatics Training and Education Program (BTEP), established by the Office of Science and Technology Resources (OSTR), is dedicated to increase the awareness and understanding of bioinformatics techniques and processes among scientists in the Center for Cancer Research (CCR),  and to empower CCR scientists to perform a basic, informed set of analyses on their own behalf. The program offers coordinated curriculum of bioinformatics and data science classes, focused workshops and small-group trainings for learners at varying levels of knowledge and experience.

This is a Dual Level Requisition for a Bioinformatics Trainer I or II


The Bioinformatics Trainer is responsible for providing bioinformatics training within the CCR Bioinformatics Training and Education Program (BTEP). Under the direction of the BTEP Program Manager, they will:

  • Take an active role in the development of new, bioinformatics training courses in areas of strong interest to NIH researchers
  • Possess a working knowledge of various NGS technologies (eg. bulk and single cell RNA-Seq, variant analysis, ChIP-Seq, WGS/WES) and analysis tools/pipelines
  • Prepare online teaching that engages learners in a highly interactive environment
  • Develop training materials, deliver training classes, and engage in small group training sessions on various bioinformatics topics both in-person and online
  • Work with the BTEP Program Manager to organize and promote the portfolio of scientific software offered to NCI/CCR by OSTR (Office of Science and Technology Resources)
  • Provide any needed logistical support for BTEP trainings including managing workshop registrations, tracking attendance and obtaining trainee feedback via surveys
  • Help to develop a coordinated curriculum of bioinformatics and data science classes and trainings for learners at varying levels of knowledge and experience, from beginner to intermediate to advanced
  • Assist researchers with a variety of data analysis and informatics related topics (including and not limited to data management, data transfers, data visualization

Basic Qualifications:
To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

Bioinformatics Trainer:
Bachelor’s degree with 0-2 years (LEVEL I) or 2-5 years (LEVEL II) of progressively responsible relevant experience
Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. Equivalency 
Some prior experience with teaching or training activities
Some knowledge of Unix command line or scripting languages
Understanding of fundamental concepts in molecular biology, bioinformatics, cancer genomics, statistics and data science
Possess a working knowledge of various NGS technologies (eg. bulk and single cell RNA-Seq, variant analysis, ChIP-Seq, WGS/WES) and analysis tools/pipelines
Excellent communication (oral and written), organization and planning skills
Self-motivation, with excellent independent and team working skills
Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
A Masters’ or PhD degree in bioinformatics, molecular biology, genomics or similar
Prior experience with design, development and deployment of online or classroom-based training courses
Prior experience with providing training and developing hands-on workshops
Commitment to solving biological problems and communicating these solutions
Ability to multi-task across projects

Expected Competencies:
Working knowledge in at least two of the following programming languages: Python, R, Perl, Java and C/C++
Knowledge of working in a cluster environment

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)