Position Description

Curator for the NIH Genetic Testing Registry
Location NIH/NCBI--Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code MCGTR0820
# of openings 1
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The far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the NIH Genetic Testing Registry®  (GTR) to expand its scope to include microbe tests initially focusing on molecular tests to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and serology tests to detect viral antigens and antibodies to the virus. Furthermore, it is important to maintain an up-to-date set of related information and available guidelines from authoritative sources about the tests, testing strategies, and treatment options so clinicians can easily access them. This effort attempts to flatten the curve of the pandemic by sharing test data and making orderable tests easily available at the point of care.


To support these efforts, Computercraft is seeking a new member of the team to contribute to data-sharing efforts for clinicians and researchers in molecular microbiology. The qualified candidate will use his or her expertise in microbiology and molecular and serologic methodologies to advance the GTR® (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gtr/) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI) Medical Genetics and Human Variation Program at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH). More information on these resources can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/guide/genetics-medicine/.


The curator would be responsible for processing submission of tests such as microbe-specific molecular tests; panels to identify pathogens so treatment can be tailored to manage the infection; immunologic tests: detection of antibodies to a pathogen and detection of antigens of the pathogen; assessing viral load to monitor disease progression; and pharmacogenetic tests for any associated drug treatments.


The need for a central resource for microbe tests other than SARS-CoV-2 has become increasingly evident; GTR® now accepts registration of all molecular and serology microbe tests. This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the only centralized and comprehensive resource for orderable microbe tests that impact human health and disease.


The NCBI is part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at National Institutes of Health (NIH).  NCBI, one of the 400 top most-visited sites in the world, is the premier biomedical center, hosting over 4 million daily users in search of clinical, genetic and other information – at NCBI your work contributes to flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic! 


This is a full-time position working on site at NCBI, NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland.


Job Responsibilities

  • Evaluate and process submissions to GTR ®
  • Communicate with submitters to ensure accurate representation of their data
  • Engage with customers by email, phone, video conferencing, and in person
  • Collaborate with the team, including curatorial and technical development staff
  • Engage and educate users by contributing to public documentation
  • Engage in community outreach (write abstracts, prepare posters and presentations, write articles to be published in professional journals, identify ways to promote NCBI resources, analyze usage data and identify ways to increase reach)
  • Curate data to ensure accurate representation of microbes, phenotypes and tests and maintain internal documentation
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of guidelines including laboratory practices, recommended testing strategies, treatment options


Required Skills/Experience

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in molecular microbiology, pathology, or genetics
  • Strong logic, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent general computing skills, including familiarity with spreadsheets
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to adhere to established procedures
  • A detail-oriented perspective
  • A strong desire to support public scientific projects
  • Avid interest in data sharing and community education


Desired Skills/Experience

  • Laboratory experience preferably in microbiology, pathology or genetics
  • Understanding the current "state of affairs" in the molecular pathology community, including customer roles and needs from the clinic to testing laboratories

Computercraft offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, and the opportunity for a positive work-life balance with a standard 40-hour work week and the chance to work alongside a team of highly accomplished professionals.

Computercraft is an equal opportunity employer.

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