This is an internal job opening open to current and former ICMP staff.
Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. Be part of a growing international organization that is dedicated to tackling this global challenge.
The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is a treaty-based international organization with headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. Its mandate is to secure the cooperation of governments and others in locating missing persons. As the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons, ICMP maintains field programs throughout the world. To learn more about ICMP click here.
NGS Analysts will support the development, validation, implementation, accreditation and delivery of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) activities for the purpose of identification of human remains
Working closely with and under the supervision of the NGS Scientist, the NGS Analysts will develop robust and reliable sequencing methods, data management/databasing systems, and data analysis and interpretation workflows. The NGS Analysts will also support the accreditation of NGS methods to ISO17025, and their subsequent implementation into operational casework, developing relevant documentation (SOPs, processing forms) and training materials where required.
Once NGS methods are implemented, NGS Analysts will undertake the sequencing of DNA samples submitted to the ICMP. They will continually work to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and capacity of ICMP’s DNA Laboratories and related or commissioned collaborations (both local and international).
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the NGS Scientist, the NSG Analyst key duties and responsibilities are the following:
- Establishing a reliable and robust NGS data pipeline.
- Establishing and managing NGS data storage and archiving.
- NGS sample processing, data analysis and interpretation.
- Development and implementation of documentation that satisfy ISO17025 requirements for NGS methods, including laboratory processes, data analysis and interpretation.
- Development and delivery of training material related to all NGS methods and associated activities, which can be used by ICMP to share good practice recommendations with appropriate partners.
- Education in Biological Sciences, Forensic Genetics, Bioinformatics or similar fields.
- At least four years of relevant experience.
- Working in an ISO17025 accredited laboratory.
- Developing and validating methods.
- Using/validating NGS instrumentation, in particular the Illumina MiSeq.
- Data analysis and interpretation of NGS-generated genetic profiles.
- Data analysis software such as R, Python or similar.
- Matching software such as FamLink, Familias.
- Familiarity with concepts such as linkage mapping, allele frequencies, genetic linkage, likelihood ratios and pedigree matching.
- Exceptional attitude and capability regarding professionalism, teamwork and flexibility.
- Excellent communication and organisational skills, paying close attending to details.
- Professional fluency in English.
- Proficiency with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Teams, etc.).
- Commitment to the underlying objectives of the ICMP to help the authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner.
- Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender.
- Willingness and ability to travel to ICMP country program locations (Vietnam for example) or other locations.
- Physical and mental resilience, with the ability to operate effectively in a fast paced and changing work environment while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
This is an internal job opening for current and former ICMP staff. Review of applications will begin on 14 May 2023.
The position is at the TOS 5 level on the ICMP technical and operational support salary scale. ICMP enjoys exemption from income tax and social security deductions in The Netherlands (staff members are responsible for any income tax in their home country).
Expected start date: 1 July 2023
ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.
ICMP may cancel this recruitment without notice, or may decide to offer a position with different duties and/or contract length.