Position Description

Viral Genome Curator
Location NIH/NCBI--Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code VGC0820
# of openings 1
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Computercraft seeks a a highly motivated scientist with research experience in virology, bioinformatics, computation biology, phylodynamics, and/or genomics. The successful candidate will work with a team of virologists and computer scientists to improve viral sequence resources at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NCBI is part of the NIH's response to COVID-19, and the Viral Genome Curators are on the front lines of this response. Principal responsibilities include the following:

  • Contribute scientific expertise and insight to support public health and scientific use cases through the NCBI Virus Resource, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/virus/vssi/#/
  • Identify emerging data requirements and help set goals and priorities for the development of customer centric NCBI Virus resources and data products.
  • Improve sequence data quality, classification, and annotation based on bioinformatic analysis, appropriate scientific literature, and through direct communication with scientists. 
  • Design, implement, and support viral sequence data and metadata standards and associated processes and solutions within NCBI viral resources. 
  • Encourage the submission of virus-related sequence data to GenBank through direct interaction with scientific communities and the support of resources and tools that serve important community needs. 


  • Ph.D. in virology, molecular biology, or related field
  • Experience with sequence analysis and bioinformatics software
  • Hands-on laboratory experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with other scientists
  • Genuine interest in maintaining public database resources
  • Postdoctoral experience in applied virology and/or genomics helpful but not required


This is a full-time position working on site at NCBI, NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland, but the new hire will initially telework. Currently, all Computercraft employees at NIH are teleworking full time to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Employees will return to onsite work as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Computercraft offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, 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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