Bioinformatics Research Associate

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Updated: September 14, 2019
Job ID: 215219
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Bioinformatics Research Associate to support the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP. 

The candidate will be supporting projects related to HIV and emerging infectious diseases and will be working closely with other bioinformaticians. The candidate will analyze next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, such as whole transcriptome RNA-Seq, single-cell RNA-Seq, and immune repertoire sequencing, in the context of human cohorts from vaccine and therapeutic trials of HIV and emerging infectious diseases.


  1. Designs and implements analysis for NGS data as assigned in a high-performance computing environment.
  2. Builds analytical workflows for automated deployment of bioinformatics tools for interpreting NGS data.
  3. Responsible for maintaining/extending bioinformatics workflows, improving efficiency, and facilitating QC activities.
  4. Performs other duties as related to the position, such as data and project management to ensure data is being processed in an efficient and timely manner.
  5. Contributes to writing scientific manuscripts.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Experience working with a Linux cluster environment. Proficiency with Perl and/or Python. Can work independently. 

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Experience with next generation sequencing platforms, specifically single cell RNA-Seq analysis. Experience working with job scheduling such as LSF, PBS, or SLURM.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Master’s degree in computational biology or bioinformatics, or a related field, and experience/expertise in manipulation and analysis of large data sets, analysis of sequences, and related studies. Good time management skills, and ability to prioritize multiple assignments.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years Master’s degree. Fresh graduates with appropriate experience in NGS analysis may be considered.

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires long periods of sitting at a computer. Must possess adequate vision and manual dexterity for computer work. Must have the ability to communicate verbally.

Supervisory Controls:  The incumbent will be under the supervision of senior personnel at MHRP.

Work Environment:  General office environment.

Other: Work is performed entirely in support of a Federal sponsored Cooperative Agreement and therefore is dependent solely on the ability of the Federal Government to fund the agreement. Position will terminate in the absence or withdrawal of Federal funds.

Background: Must have lived in the US 3 out of the past 5 years; eligible to pass a NACI. 

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.