The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is offering an exciting opportunity for bioinformatics scientists to use and expand their skill set while assisting public health laboratories with the COVID-19 pandemic response. The COVID-19 Genomic Data Specialist position is an opportunity for master’s- and doctoral-level students and professionals to gain valuable experience assisting laboratories with SARS-CoV-2 genome assembly and uploading sequence data to public access repositories, while networking with scientists on the front lines of public health.
COVID-19 Genomic Data Specialists will be matched with a specific state or local public health laboratory to assist with their genomic data and bioinformatics needs. This is a remote, part-time opportunity through June 30, 2022; funding permitting, there is a possibility for extension beyond that date. Specialists will be paid an hourly rate of $30/hour for 8-20 hours per week as independent consultants.* Hours will be flexible but will require adherence to deadlines set by the host laboratory and APHL. Genomic Data Specialists may be asked to: • Process raw sequencing data to consensus genomes and review. • Track, review and submit SARS-CoV-2 sequence data to national and international data repositories, such as GISAID and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) GenBank. • Perform quality analysis and review SARS-CoV-2 variants identified in the sequences. • Follow guidance from federal partners to ensure compliance with best practices for quality analysis, documentation, annotation and variant identification. • Infer SARS-CoV-2 phylogenetic trees and local Nextstrain builds.