Viral Genome Curator

Computercraft Corporation
Job Location
Bethesda, MD
Job Description

Computercraft seeks a highly-motivated individual who will apply his or her expertise to develop viral genome resources at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The successful candidate will analyze viral sequence data, curate genome datasets, annotate reference sequences, manage content within viral sequence databases, and assist development of specialized tools and resources used in sequence data retrieval, analysis and display.


This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to publicly available viral genome resources while using state-of-the art computational tools and databases. The successful candidate will work onsite at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information about NCBI viral genome resources, please see:



  • Analyze and review viral nucleotide and protein sequences using specialized databases, bioinformatics software, and literature
  • Produce publicly available reference genomes containing the most accurate annotation and metadata descriptors possible
  • Collaborate with external experts to ensure that genome records contain accurate information and that viral genome resources address community needs
  • Conduct database quality control by manual and electronic methods and work with computer scientists to improve internal processing software
  • Apply background in biology to the design and implementation of web based resources that solve public health and research science needs


  • Ph.D. in virology, molecular biology, or related field
  • Experience with sequence analysis and bioinformatics software
  • Hands-on laboratory experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with other scientists
  • Genuine interest in maintaining public database resources
  • Postdoctoral experience in applied virology and/or genomics helpful but not required
How to Apply

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