Prokaryotic Genome Taxonomy Curator

Computercraft Corporation
Job Location
Bethesda, MD

Computercraft offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits package, the opportunity for excellent work-life balance with a standard 40 hour work week, and the chance to work with accomplished scientists at NIH/NCBI. 

Job Description

Computercraft is seeking a curator experienced in prokaryotic phylogenomics who is comfortable using Linux/UNIX command line applications to investigate and determine the correct metrics to identify prokaryotic taxa. This highly motivated biologist will be assisting with the recently established annotation pipeline at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). This new annotation pipeline validates and corrects taxonomic names of prokaryotic genomes based on comparisons to data from type strains and other reference material.

The successful candidate will be able to investigate and diagnose appropriate metric cutoffs to agree with known taxonomic concepts. This will involve staying updated on prokaryotic literature and communication with groups inside and outside of NCBI. An important part of this will be to consult with the relevant research communities on genome based identification. The successful candidate will also investigate errors and inconsistencies and then use web-based interfaces, command-line tools and specialized databases to apply taxonomic names correctly. Work will be onsite at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD.


  • Diagnose and adjust metric cutoffs to correctly determine genome identity
  • Ensure that prokaryotic genome data corresponds to current taxonomic classifications
  • Collaborate and communicate with other scientists, curators and programmers
  • Monitor and respond to reports of bacterial genome misidentification in the NCBI databases


  • Biology knowledge (minimum: PhD)
  • Experience with prokaryotic genomics desirable
  • Linux/UNIX experience and any scripting ability (e.g. Perl or Awk) not essential but will be advantageous
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented perspective
  • Interest in contributing to public database resources
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