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Old 02-17-2018, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default early-career bioinformatician opportunity at NIH

The Cancer Immunobiology Section at the National Cancer Institute is looking for a talented early-career bioinformatician to join a team of scientists in Bethesda, MD doing groundbreaking work connecting the dots between intestinal microbiomes and cancer therapy response. Come participate in the microbiome revolution with us and help save lives at the same time! Information about our research program is available here.

This is a federal government position with the NIH post-baccalaureate program, intended for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who meet one of the following three criteria:
1. college graduates who received their bachelor's degrees less than THREE years prior to the date they begin the program,
2. individuals who are more than 3 years past the receipt of their bachelor's degree but received a master's degree less than SIX MONTHS before they begin the program, OR
3. students who have been accepted into graduate, other doctoral, or medical school programs and who have written permission from their school to delay entrance for up to one year to pursue a biomedical research project at the NIH.
The NIH post-baccalaureate program provides a generous stipend and excellent health insurance, along with a wealth of training and educational opportunities for applying to graduate and medical school.

Required criteria
1. Familiar with UNIX/Linux operating system and command-line environment. Knowledge of shell scripting is an additional plus.
2. Programming experience in at least one of the following: Python/Perl/R/Java
Optional criteria
3. Trained in analysis of next-generation DNA sequencing data and association file formats (SAM/BAM/FASTQ).
4. Previous experience with microbiome data analysis (16S amplicon or shotgun DNA sequencing) using Mothur/Qiime/DADA2 or similar
Any candidates who match even just #1 and #2 above are strongly encouraged to reach out to us. We’re happy to train in #3 and #4.

Contact Dr. Shurjo Sen ( or Vishal Thovarai ( with any questions, or to apply.
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