Senior Bioinformatics Scientist for CDC

Clearance Level
Atlanta, Georgia

REQ#: RQ116090

Travel Required: Less than 10%
Public Trust: None
Requisition Type: Regular

GDIT is seeking a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist to join its' team in Atlanta working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (Office of NCIRD/Influenza Division) to modernize CDC’s capability in infectious disease diagnostics, treatment, and pathogen surveillance.  The ideal candidate will be a skilled professional with broad experience in bioinformatics, including comparative genomics, Next Generation Sequence (NGS) analysis, high throughput genome annotation and analysis pipeline development.  The ability to work with and integrate other data types (e.g. antigenicity, functional assays) with core sequence information is highly desired.  

To be successful, you should possess strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication (verbal and written) skills.  Experience with viral and bacterial pathogen genomics is preferred as is demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced, matrixed environment.  This is an industrial bioinformatics group and although there will be elements of research to this position, the incumbent is expected to maintain a focus on product delivery.

In this role, you will

  • Collaborate with CDC staff and team members to define project objectives, implementation details, and project schedules.  

  • Work as part of diverse team of bioinformaticians and IT professionals, you will contribute to the development of standards-based algorithms and analysis workflows; the application of those tools to emerging needs of the CDC; and integration of those capabilities into broader bioinformatics activities and software development efforts.

  • Bioinformatician with extensive knowledge of next-generation sequencing informatics.

  • Construct pipelines and workflows for sequence analysis and  build custom algorithms and tools for specific problems

Required Skills and Experience:

  • MS in a related discipline or the equivalent and five years related work experience

  • Experience in algorithm generation as well as pipeline generation and/or computational methods implementation

  • Experience working in development and application of bioinformatics workflows/pipelines for NGS data analysis

  • Experience with NGS platforms such as llumina, ONT and PacBio

  • ​Experience with the following NGS platforms : llumina, ONT and PacBio, doing Quality Control, Primer Trimming, De novo assembly

  • Comfortable with NGS data formats: bams, fastqs, VCFs, bed, IGV, samtools

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology; Biostatistics, or other relevant discipline

  • 5+ years experience in bioinformatics and NGS data analysis, including the development of multistep analysis pipelines/workflows using scripting languages

  • Experience developing production-quality bioinformatics tools, workflows, and applications

  • Proficiency in Python, Perl, R, Bash, Java and SQL preferred.

  • Experience with Snakemak and Nextflow preferred.


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Comfortable working in a dynamic, fast paced environment


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