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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Cancer Genome Metrology


Material Measurement Laboratory, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division

opportunity location
50.64.41.C0318 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Justin Matthew Zook 301.975.4133


NIST has led the Genome in a Bottle Consortium to develop widely-used benchmark germline variant calls for seven human cell lines [1]. Similar extensively characterized benchmark cell lines and DNA are needed to benchmark somatic variant detection in tumors. This project would involve working with a unique group of technology and informatics developers in the public-private-academic Genome in a Bottle Consortium to develop methods to integrate short-, linked-, and long-read sequencing technologies to form benchmarks for somatic variant calls. It will also be important to develop appropriate performance metrics and tools to calculate these metrics for somatic variants, similar to those NIST and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health developed for germline variants [2].

[1] JM Zook, et al. An open resource for accurately benchmarking small variant and reference calls. Nature Biotechnology 2019, 37, 561.
[2] P Krusche, et al, JM Zook. Best practices for benchmarking germline small-variant calls in human genomes. Nature Biotechnology 2019, 37, 555.

key words
Genomics; Bioinformatics; DNA sequencing; De novo assembly; Machine learning; Reference materials; Precision medicine; Data science; Artificial intelligence


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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