Kelly Services Scientific Programmer - NIH - Rockville, MD in Rockville, Maryland

Scientific Programmer – NIH – Rockville, MD

Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government Solutions offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world. We are currently seeking a Scientific Programmer to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:

  • Competitive salary with comprehensive benefit package

  • Tremendous growth opportunity

  • Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center

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TASKS. The contractor shall:

  • Maintain and extend bioinformatics workflows to meet changing needs at the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (NISC).

  • Optimize workflows to improve efficiency, fault tolerance and error trapping/recovery.

  • Facilitate real-time quality control with email and web reports.

  • Work with staff on data delivery and tracking.

  • Document and validate changes for the NISC CLIA Exome Analysis Pipeline.

  • Reanalyze NGS data sets with new reference builds and annotation sets as per requirement.

  • Test publicly and commercially available software for nextgen data analysis.

  • Recommend and coordinate internal development of software in areas where commercial software is not adequate.

  • Work with IT support staff to enhance and troubleshoot High Performance Computer environment, including network and storage.

  • Participate in relational database schema design and engineering in order to optimize performance and flexibility.

  • Participate in ongoing development of Laboratory Information Management System for sample tracking, meta-data recording and flow control.

  • Perform complex data mining of sequence data to investigate issues impacting data quality.

  • Work with staff to develop specifications for new analysis; design, test and implement solutions.

  • Provide collaborative assistance to NISC clients.


The contractor must have:

  • Bachelor's degree, or higher, in Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics or a related discipline

  • One (1) to three (3) years of programming experience.

  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience with a High-Performance Computing Linux/Unix environment including:

  • Shell scripting

  • Sun Grid Engine

  • Perl

  • Software version control systems

  • SQL

  • Html

  • Java script

  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a production team, participate in design, testing and troubleshooting software.

  • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.

  • Willingness to learn the biological domain of modern NextGen Sequencing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of next generation sequencing (NGS), variant annotation, and variant calling software.

  • Familiarity with publicly available data sources such as ENCODE, Ensembl, NCBI, UCSC.

  • Familiarity with R programming.


Note that the phone number for our NIH branch is not listed. Due to the high volume of inquiries, we regret that we cannot accept phone calls. All qualified candidates will be contacted.

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