Bioinformatics Analyst I job with Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Bioinformatics Analyst I

Job ID: req3397
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Bioinformatics and Computational Science
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration, Dedication, Integrity and Versatility; it’s the FNL way.


The Frederick National Laboratory is dedicated to improving human health through the discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS and emerging infectious diseases.

The Bioinformatics and Computational Science (BACS) Directorate works collaboratively and helps to fulfill the mission of Frederick National Laboratory in the areas of bioinformatics and computational science by developing and applying world-leading computing technologies to basic and applied biomedical research challenges, data science, supporting critical operations, developing and delivering national data resources, and utilizing leading-edge software.

The Advanced Biomedical and Computational Science (ABCS) group is a part of BACS and serves as a hub of translational scientists with expertise in machine learning applied to the interpretation of 2D and 3D biomedical images, clinical and genomics integration, computational chemistry, protein modeling, bioinformatic analysis of omics data, and other applications of computational and data science. ABCS develops state-of-the-art technologies in large-scale data modeling, analysis, and integration and supports the scientific research at the Frederick National Lab by helping translate scientific questions to technical solutions for cancer and biomedical research.


  • Work independently and with management to design and develop software applications including application architectures and data modeling
  • Define metadata templates for data sharing of biological assay data
  • Performs documentation, coding, debugging, testing and troubleshooting throughout the application development lifecycle process
  • Work independently and with management to define requirements, tasks and timelines
  • Develop and maintain program code in adherence with established coding standards
  • Develop and enhance UI designs and architectures
  • Assist in creating and management of technical documentation
  • Report project status regularly to management
  • Manage and maintain code repository
  • Monitor application day-to-day performance and perform program tuning as needed
  • Other duties as required


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or 4 years of relevant experience in lieu of degree
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Self-starter, motivated toward success
  • Experience working in a scientific environment with bench scientists and programming experts
  • Experience designing, developing and delivering dynamic web systems; HTML/HTML5, PHP, Python (or equivalent server-side language), MySQL, MVC, CSS, OOP, JavaScript
  • Demonstrated web page design programming experience using a combination of HTML, HTML5, CSS, Java, Ajax and JavaScript
  • Ability to identify and resolve cross browser and cross platform compatibility/connectivity issues
  • Experience with MySQL and/or other relational database management systems
  • Solid Understanding of OOP (Object-Oriented Programming), the model/view/controller (MVC) pattern of application programming
  • Experience developing web-based application front ends utilizing valid HTML, cascading style sheets (CSS), and JavaScript
  • Experience with open-source libraries/frameworks such as Laravel, jQuery and Bootstrap
  • Knowledge of biomedical methodologies and experimental assays
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Knowledge of Section 508 accessibility and compliance requirements
  • Experience developing Specifications/Wireframes
  • Experience in implementation of workflows management systems
  • Experience in project planning and project life cycle methodology
  • Experience in Unit Testing and/or CI/CD
  • Experience using subversion/GIT


  • Self-starter, motivated toward success
  • Experience designing, developing and delivering Web 2.0 systems; HTML/HTML5, SQL, MVC, CSS, OOP, JavaScript
  • Demonstrated web page design programming experience using a combination of HTML, HTML5, CSS, Ajax and JavaScript
  • Working knowledge of SQL
  • Ability to identify and resolve cross browser and cross platform compatibility/connectivity issues

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

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