Employment Opportunities at NCGR

The National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) is a nonprofit independent research institute engaged in plant, animal, and human genomics. NCGR also provides sequencing and bioinformatics services for external sites.  In sequencing, we operate PacBio and Illumina sequencing platforms in the domains of genome (de novo and resequencing), methylome, transcriptome, and ncRNA sequencing.  In analysis, we interpret sequence data at all levels.

Bioinformatics Research Scientists:
The National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR), Santa Fe, New Mexico has an opportunity for Bioinformatics Research Scientists to join our highly dynamic and inter-disciplinary research group. Based on the guidelines below, both senior and junior applicants will be considered.

The successful applicant will: (1) be a key contributor to diverse projects utilizing high throughput next generation sequence (NGS) data analysis, (2) develop collaborative research activities supported by external funding sources, (3) lead and mentor a small team of analysts (4) participate in scientific outreach activities and teach at workshops organized by NCGR centered around various NGS applications. The candidate will also be actively involved in driving collaborative development of bioinformatics and biological data analysis pipelines/tools.

Educational Requirements:
Ph.D. in a relevant field (preferred).
M.S. in a relevant field with experience will also be considered.

Detailed Job Responsibilities:

1. Strong communication and interpersonal skills
2. Identify and pursue collaboration opportunities with universities, research institutions, and commercial entities
3. Pursue individual research interests supported by external funding
4. Detailed understanding of bioinformatics and high throughput NGS platforms
5. Understanding of NGS technology-specific capabilities and associated data interpretation
6. Hands-on experience analyzing and managing large-scale genomic data
7. Develop computational pipelines/approaches for analysis of data as dictated by project goals
8. Work in a demanding collaborative environment
9. Experience with programming languages (python, R, and similar) and use of high performance computing environments (Linux servers, clusters)
10. Committed to publishing research in quality journals
11. Maintain up-to-date expertise in scientific & technological developments via scientific literature and participating in scientific meetings/seminars
12. Teaching NGS application modules to an audience with very diverse backgrounds
13. Mentoring undergraduate/graduate students as a part of NCGR’s summer internship program

NCGR is a not for profit organization and an equal opportunity employer, offering competitive compensation and a generous benefits package. Santa Fe is located in the New Mexico high desert at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, close to a major transportation hub, and offers unparalleled quality of living.

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Bioinformatics Analysts: Bioinformatics analysts will perform analysis of data obtained from short-read sequencing projects, including alignment to reference sequences, de novo assembly, and interpretation of results.  Background skills include a minimum of a bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related field, with experience in shell and Perl scripting, biological experimental methods and data interpretation. Preference will be given to a demonstrated experience in genomic or related analysis, particularly with respect to data-intensive sequencing technologies.

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Postdoctoral Fellows: Postdoctoral fellows will have received their Ph.D. in a computational or biological science, but with considerable cross-training or experience in the reciprocal area. These areas may include plant, animal, or human biology, molecular or systems biology, or computer science. Fellows will initially be hired to develop projects in existing areas of interest to NCGR. These positions will require considerable independence in terms of developing significant research thrusts within projects.

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Developers: Software developers will have considerable and demonstrable skills in contemporary programming languages, including Java, Perl and Ruby, and comfortable with good software development processes including revision control, release management and post hoc support. Additional languages (C, C++ etc.) are desirable. Other areas of interest include distributed and/or cloud computing, and visualization development. Developers should have a firm grounding in the objectives of modern biological research and standard methodologies.

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Consultants: Specialized areas of development that are of interest include data modeling, database and pipeline development in a genomic or biological context. Candidates must have demonstrated strengths in the design, development, and implementation of distributed systems for workflows and in data management. Strong communication skills are required, as well as an ability to work on multiple teams.

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Research Assistants:  Research assistants will undertake day-to-day, production sequencing operations of the Genome Center. Applicants with experience in molecular biology and production sequencing operations, particularly with next-generation sequencing instruments, are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will work as a part of team in the Genome Center, in daily operation of sequencing instruments, optimization of protocols and quality metrics, and implementing new applications. Applicants should have a B.S. or equivalent, significant molecular genetics skills, and experience in running production laboratory services such as DNA sequencing will be desirable.

No positions currently open.