Bioinformatics Scientist

CosmosID is an innovative bioinformatics company located in Rockville, MD. Our primary mission is to develop robust software solutions utilizing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for pathogen identification and microbiome characterization. Currently we are recruiting a Bioinformatics Scientist. Please visit our website for further details (

Job Description
Primary responsibilities will be to implement, design, develop, and innovate current and emerging computational biology and bioinformatics algorithms to analyze, interpret, visualize, and illustrate original scientific microbiome data.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Required Skills Overview

  • Must possess clear communication skills.

  • Strong background in statistics and mathematics.

  • Must be able to work well within a small group.

  • Strong programming/scripting and data visualization skills.

  • Solid Unix/Linux foundation.

  • Ability and initiative to learn and build new pipelines/tools on your own.

  • Strong work ethic.

    Required Experience

  • Ph.D. (or other degree with equivalent experience) in computational biology,

    bioinformatics, computer science, microbial ecology or related life, physical, or

    computational sciences.

  • Genomic data visualization.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistical analysis using scripting analytical

    language (R, Python, etc.).

  • Familiarity with common methods of NGS sequence analysis (DNA-Seq, RNA-


  • Strong experience developing tools in programming languages such as Perl,

    Python, C, C++, or Java.

  • Proficiency in the use of UNIX/Linux and its command-line environment,

    including scripting (shell, Perl, Python, Ruby, Tcl/Tk, etc.).

    Preferred Experience

    Demonstrated proficiency in the analysis of large-scale metagenomics and/or

    microbiome data analysis and use of relevant open-source tools.

  • Strong familiarity with the use of open-source bioinformatics software, including applications employing ontologies, pathways, networks, and/or phylogenetics at

    both the individual gene and genomic scales.

  • Experience with AWS or other cloud environments and web services such as


  • Experience with project management.

  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, written, and oral communication skills to

    convey computational biology principles and concepts in a clear and precise manner.

  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills, including the ability to learn new software quickly.

  • Experience working directly with clients and communicating clearly with them.

  • Bioinformatics experience in pipeline development, Next-Generation sequencing

    data management and analysis, or high-volume biological data management and


  • Familiar with publicly available bioinformatics tools, algorithms and databases.

  • Experience using version control systems.

  • Familiarity with a high-performance parallel computing environment and

    understanding of problems and bottlenecks associated with storage and

    management of genomic-scale data.

  • Familiarity with algorithms and algorithm development for bioinformatics,

    including composing, editing, and compiling open-source code.

Position Type Full-Time

Compensation is market competitive, and based on the experience and the expertise of the selected candidates. Candidate should have a legal work permit to work in the US. Interested candidates are requested send their CV and cover letter to