Position Description

Cloud Engagement Liaison
Location NIH/NCBI--Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code CEL1121
# of openings 1
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Computercraft is seeking an enthusiastic professional to facilitate constructive communication between the scientific community and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) development teams regarding emerging NCBI cloud products, in particular the Sequence Read Archive (SRA) and Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST). The successful candidate will engage the biomedical community so that investigators are more aware of NCBI cloud offerings and their usefulness in research. In addition, he or she will engage NCBI development teams so that they continually strive to improve the alignment between NCBI cloud offerings and the needs of the scientific community.

SRA is the largest publicly available repository of high-throughput sequencing data. SRA stores raw sequencing data and alignment information to enhance reproducibility and facilitate new discoveries through data analysis. BLAST compares nucleotide or protein sequences to biological sequence in NCBI databases and finds regions of similarity. BLAST can be used to infer functional and evolutionary relationships between sequences and help identify members of gene families.

NCBI is part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at National Institutes of Health (NIH). NCBI has one of the top 400 most visited websites worldwide, and its wide range of applications serve more users and more data than nearly any other U.S. Government agency. NCBI provides free access to petabytes of biomedical and genomic information, and scientists all over the world use its products.


  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders in the scientific community and use this network as the basis for ongoing communication and engagement
  • Gather user stories from the community relevant to NCBI cloud products
  • Work with NCBI stakeholders to develop educational priorities, goals, and plans regarding NCBI cloud products
  • In collaboration with NCBI communication staff, develop, plan, and execute messaging and outreach events, including social media campaigns, webinars, workshops, conference exhibits, and codeathons
  • Work with NCBI development teams to create datasets and software required by outreach events
  • Ensure that lessons learned and community feedback from outreach events are communicated to NCBI stakeholders and development teams

Required Skills/Experience

  • Ph.D. in a biomedical science
  • Teaching and/or marketing experience
  • Familiarity with genomic sequencing and annotation software

Desired Skills/Experience

  • Working knowledge of UNIX/Linux, GitHub, common scripting languages such as Python, and cloud computing (AWS, GCP)

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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