Bioinformatics Analyst

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Updated: February 24, 2018
Job ID: 213576
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Bioinformatics Analyst to support the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) in Silver Spring, MD.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP.


The incumbent will be part of a team of biologists, clinicians and statisticians doing highly collaborative, multi-institutional and inter-disciplinary work on a range of questions with a strong emphasis on vaccine research. The incumbent will study evolutionary processes both within and between hosts and comparative genomics to investigate commonalities and differences between HIV and other pathogens including Ebola, Dengue, MERS-CoV, Zika.


  1. Use Bayesian phylogenetic, phylogeographic and comparative genomics approaches.
  2. Perform comprehensive molecular epidemiological analysis and bioinformatic analysis of large datasets.
  3. Develop mathematical and computational models of evolution to explore various aspects of pathogen evolution, host adaptation and transmission.
  4. Plan and conduct independent scientific research on outlined objectives; provide data analysis and interpretation; contribute to collaborative research projects
  5. Maintain appropriate documentation and accurate records.
  6. Attend laboratory meetings and job related trainings.
  7. Maintain current knowledge by participating in scientific trainings or conferences and reading specialty journals. Contribute to the science through independent and collaborative research including by authoring manuscripts.       
  8. Follow all MHRP and WRAIR safety procedures and completes required training in a timely manner; Ensure proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promote workplace safety.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in population genetics, evolutionary genetics, microbial genomics, comparative genomics, computational biology, mathematics, statistics or a related area. Background knowledge in immunology, virology or structural biology is a plus. The candidate should be a dedicated, social, detail-oriented person, who is able to work independently within a team of researchers. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

Minimum Education: PhD.

Minimum Experience: 2 to 4 years experience in population genetics, evolutionary genetics, microbial genetics, comparative genomics, computational biology, ,athematics, statistics or related field.

Physical Capabilities: Prolonged sitting using a personal computer.

Work Environment:  Office environment.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Vice President of Human Resources.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.