GenBank Biologist – Bethesda, MD

Job Description

Interested in an exciting and rewarding alternative career in the biosciences?

Tired of bench work?

Enjoy puzzles and problem solving?

Incredibly detail oriented?

If you answered yes to these questions, consider joining our team of highly skilled and dedicated scientists working on site at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Using molecular biology skills, the successful candidate will partner with computational biologists, genomic science experts, and computer specialists at NCBI to help build and maintain GenBank, one of the world’s largest publicly available nucleotide sequence databases.

Designed to provide and encourage access within the scientific community to the most up-to-date and comprehensive DNA sequence information, GenBank now contains more than 776 billion bases and 226 million sequences, and it continues to grow.

Computercraft has provided scientific expertise to GenBank continuously since 1991.

For more information about GenBank, visit

With the training we provide using state-of-the-art custom software, the GenBank Biologist will:

Review genomic sequence and annotation submitted from researchers all over the world

Evaluate nucleotide sequence submissions for biological integrity and accuracy

Communicate extensively with submitters to resolve issues and concerns related to their sequence submission(s)

Conduct database and administrative activities related to the maintenance of GenBank and related to NCBI Web resources

This position is particularly suitable for a molecular biologist just completing a postdoc.


A Ph. D. in molecular biology or a related field

Extensive sequence analysis and laboratory experience in molecular biology

Aptitude for using DNA sequence analysis software and web-based resources

Excellent organizational and verbal and written communication skills

The ability to work as part of a team

Strong desire to support publicly available scientific databases such as GenBank

A detail-oriented outlook coupled with a love for puzzle and problem solving

This is a full-time position working on site at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland, but the new hire will initially telework.

Currently, all Computercraft employees at NIH are teleworking full time to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Employees will return to onsite work as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Computercraft offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, and the opportunity for a positive work-life balance with a standard 40-hour work week and the chance to work alongside a team of highly accomplished professionals.

Computercraft is an equal opportunity employer.

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