Computational Genomics Specialists at the Smithsonian Institution

The Biodiversity Genomics Initiative, Smithsonian Institution (SI) is seeking skilled professionals with bioinformatics and computational expertise in genomics. Successful applicants will be part of a bioinformatics group working as an integrated team with Smithsonian scientists and computer support professionals. Incumbents will interact with scientists in all participating SI units including the National Museum of Natural History, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and may have his/her duty station located within any one of these units.

Responsibilities of these positions include:

1) Developing or implementing data analysis pipelines for Next Generation DNA Sequence (NGS) or other genome scale datasets

2) Working closely with SI scientists on the experimental design of NGS and other genome scale projects

3) Making high performance computational resources accessible to SI researchers involved in genome scale research via consultation, training, and web site development

4) Developing new experimental protocols for NGS data production in the laboratory and new procedures for computational analysis of the data produced

5) Consulting and collaborating with Biodiversity Genomics scientists, postdocs and students on research grant proposals and publication of results

6) Coordinating bioinformatics activities of the Biodiversity Genomics Initiative

7) Keeping abreast of new developments and related research conducted elsewhere in order to improve genome scale research at SI.

Knowledge, skills and experience desirable for these positions include: Relevant scripting and/or programming skills and experience, Expertise with NGS workbench environments (e.g., Galaxy, Biolinux, Genious, Qiime), Experience with NGS data analysis from multiple platforms (e.g., Illumina and 454), Expertise in computational aspects of one or more of the following research areas: phylogenetics, population genetics, metagenomics, gene expression, evolutionary genomics.

These positions will begin as two-year contracts, with the possibility of extension. Salaries will be commensurate with experience. To apply, submit resume, statement of relevant experience, and names and contact information of 3 references via e-mail to Michael Braun, Chair, Biodiversity Genomics Steering Committee (

Review of applications will begin on April 1 and continue until the positions are filled.