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Software Developer - C++/python/sql

Bethesda, MD
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description


Black Canyon Consulting (BCC) is searching for a Software Developer (C++/python/sql/sh) Backend Developer to support the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). This opportunity is full time at the NCBI in Bethesda, MD and/or remote work.

The NCBI is part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NCBI is the world's premier biomedical center hosting over six million daily users seeking research, clinical, genetic, and other information impacting biomedical research and public health. At NCBI, you can literally help accelerate cures for diseases! NCBI's wide range of applications, platforms (node, python, Django, C++, you name it), and environments (big data [petabytes], machine learning, multiple clouds) serve more users than almost any other US Government Agency, according to

We attract the best people in the business with our competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k plan with employer contribution, paid holidays, vacation, and tuition reimbursement. If you enjoy being a part of a high performing, professional service and technology focused organization, please apply today!

Duties & Responsibilities Job Description

  • There are multiple openings. You will work with a talented group of scientists and software developers to design, develop, test, and maintain programs for NCBI's world's premier biomedical data resources, with examples below -
    • PubMed - with 33+ million biomedical literature and 5+ million daily users
    • GenBank - with over 12 trillion nucleotide bases. A part of the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration(INSDC), exchanging data with the DNA DataBank of Japan (DDBJ) and the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) daily.
    • SRA - The Sequence Read Archive(SRA), the largest publicly available repository of high-throughput sequencing data, available in multiple cloud providers and NCBI servers, also part of International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration(INSDC).
    • - providing access to both privately and publicly funded clinical trial studies around the world
  • Specific tasks may include implementing efficient bioinformatic algorithms, and facilitating the development of cloud-ready tools and pipelines to improve the performance and scalability of searching in and submitting to the more than ten terabytes of genetic sequence data at NCBI.

Required Skills

  • Proficiency in Python
  • Experience with MS SQL server and relational database design and optimization
  • Programming experience in a Linux environment and shell scripts such as BASH
  • Experience in handling large amounts of data
  • Ability to work with common structured documents (at least one of XML, JSON)
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines, unit tests, integration, and regression testing

Desired Skills

  • Experience with Cloud technologies:
    • AWS: EC2, S3, Lambda
    • GCP: GKE, Google Store, Cloud functions
  • 5+ years of working with genetic and biological data
  • Familiarity with NGS computational tools and formats (BWA, GATK, Galaxy, etc.)
  • Demonstrated active involvement into open source communities (github, etc.)
  • Experience managing production workflow of an online public databases
  • Experience with RESTful API design



Bethesda, MD
20892 USA