Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

Job Location
Rockville, MD
Job Description

Primary responsibilities will be to implement, design, develop, and innovate current and emerging computational biology and bioinformatics algorithms to analyze, interpret, visualize, and illustrate original scientific microbiome data.


Major Duties and Responsibilities


Required Skills Overview

  • Must possess clear communication skills.
  • Strong background in statistics and mathematics.
  • Must be able to work well within a small group.
  • Strong programming/scripting and data visualization skills.
  • Solid Unix/Linux foundation.
  • Ability and initiative to learn and build new pipelines/tools on your own.
  • Strong work ethic.

Required Experience

  • Ph.D. (or other degree with equivalent experience) in computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, microbial ecology or related life, physical, or computational sciences.
  • Genomic data visualization.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistical analysis using scripting analytical language (R, Python, etc.).
  • Familiarity with common methods of NGS sequence analysis (DNA-Seq, RNA-Seq).
  • Strong experience developing tools in programming languages such as Perl, Python, C, C++, or Java.
  • Proficiency in the use of UNIX/Linux and its command-line environment, including scripting (shell, Perl, Python, Ruby, Tcl/Tk, etc.).


Preferred Experience

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the analysis of large-scale metagenomics and/or microbiome data analysis and use of relevant open-source tools.
  • Strong familiarity with the use of open-source bioinformatics software, including applications employing ontologies, pathways, networks, and/or phylogenetics at both the individual gene and genomic scales.
  • Experience with AWS or other cloud environments and web services such as JSON.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, written, and oral communication skills to convey computational biology principles and concepts in a clear and precise manner.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills, including the ability to learn new software quickly.
  • Experience working directly with clients and communicating clearly with them.
  • Bioinformatics experience in pipeline development, Next-Generation sequencing data management and analysis, or high-volume biological data management and analysis.
  • Familiar with publicly available bioinformatics tools, algorithms and databases.
  • Experience using version control systems.
  • Familiarity with a high-performance parallel computing environment and understanding of problems and bottlenecks associated with storage and management of genomic-scale data.
  • Familiarity with algorithms and algorithm development for bioinformatics, including composing, editing, and compiling open-source code.
About Our Organization

CosmosID is an innovative bioinformatics company located in Rockville, MD. Our primary mission is to develop robust software solutions utilizing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for pathogen identification and microbiome characterization. Currently we are recruiting a Bioinformatics Scientist. Please visit our website for further details (

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