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 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.

Senior Bioinformatics Web Developer
The National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) has a position available for a Full Stack Web Engineer with a strong background in web-based information retrieval and visualization. You will join a geographically distributed team developing databases and user interfaces for genetic and genomic data across a range of related plant species, supporting the needs of a diverse community of researchers.

Key skills, client side:
 • Good HTML/CSS skills and ability to design intuitive user interfaces for scientific visualizations of complex data. We would like to see your work!
 • Up-to-date Javascript development skills showing a modular approach to writing responsive client-side software for standard-compliant browsers. Desirable skills include experience with WebGL, Javascript/CSS bundling and optimization tools (e.g. Webpack), transpiled languages (e.g. TypeScript, ClojureScript), ES-Next or object-oriented Javascript development.
 • Experience with at least some common web UI framework(s) or libraries, possibly including: AngularJS, Aurelia, jQuery, Bootstrap, React, Flux, Dojo, d3.js, dc.js, or other; ability to explore and evaluate new codebases is key.

Key skills, server side:
 • The usage of HTTP servers and web technologies in general. A plus if you know Apache configuration, caching and proxying.
 • Familiarity with diverse scripting languages such as Python, R, Perl, PHP.
 • Experience with server-side web framework(s) such as Django, Drupal, etc.
 • Fluency in UNIX/Linux computing environments. Shell scripting, SSH, and cloud/virtualized development environments.
 • Relational database programming skills: SQL, DBI/JDBC, object-relational mapping frameworks. A plus if you have experience with PostgreSQL.

Nice to have skills:
 • A big plus if you have previous background in molecular biology or genetics, experience with scientific presentations and publication.
 • Previous experience with relevant open source software (GMOD tools, Bio* libraries) and common standards (bam, vcf, gff) in the field of bioinformatics
 • Use of distributed version control systems (Git preferred). A plus if you have unit testing and continuous integration, experience.
 • Use of issue tracking and project management systems (JIRA, GitHub)

NCGR is a not for profit organization and an equal opportunity employer, offering competitive compensation and a generous benefits package. We integrate research, the latest bioinformatics, and a state-of-the-art sequencing center. 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. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply.

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.