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Computer Programmer, Data Management - Computational & Predictive Biology

Date: Jan 16, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7092 

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We are seeking a programmer with database experience for on an important role in the ongoing development of tools and systems to manage and automate the flow of information from scientific experiments. The position will be with the data management team in the Computational and Predictive Biology group in the Biosciences Division (BSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The candidate will work with a diverse and talented team of biologists, computer scientists, and developers across a portfolio of DOE funded efforts to understand how biological systems operate in and affect their environment. The candidate will have many opportunities to broaden their knowledge, develop collaborative networks, and broaden their technical skills. This position provides the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research with access to suitable high-performance computing resources and ORNL’s Leadership Class Supercomputer (


Research in BSD is focused on advancing science and technology to better understand complex biological systems and their relationship with the environment. BSD has expertise and special facilities in genomics, computational systems biology, microbiology, microbial ecology, biophysics and structural biology, and plant sciences. Research in the Computational and Predictive Biology group includes methods development and use to investigate, analyze, and model observed phenomena more holistically and precisely and to improve the predictive capabilities of the computational models toward guided discovery and experimental design.


Job Description:

In this role, you will work collaboratively with Biosciences Division researchers to:

  • Develop software to manage the data flow within and between DOE projects
  • Develop systems and pipelines to interact between existing software stacks
  • Develop best practices for FAIR data management
  • Test the interfaces between systems for ease of use, accuracy, and effectiveness
  • Working with management, contribute to ongoing projects in the group



Basic Qualifications:

  • Associate Degree in Computer Sciences, Engineering, Business, Biology or equivalent experience in related fields.
  • Software development experience. and preferably a background in scientific programming, data science, computational techniques, and/or computational biology.
  • Programming experience using at least one of Python, PHP, or javascript, C, C++ or Go.
  • Familiar with data analysis and understanding data models, preferably to represent biological concepts.
  • Experience with SQL, preferably postgreSQL
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to a scientific audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively in large projects, within and between different research teams.



This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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