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Drupal Developer

Communications and Public Liaison Branch (CPLB)

National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

NHGRI is Hiring

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is looking for an experienced Drupal developer to join our growing team in a full-time contract position, and help build the next generation of NHGRI websites. As a Drupal developer, you will be working to support internal and external NHGRI websites and applications using Drupal 8 on Acquia Cloud, work that includes front-end and back-end development and site building. The ideal candidate will know Drupal through and through, and have exceptional programming skills, problem-solving abilities and a strong attention to detail.

The position is located in Bethesda, Md. Salary is commensurate with the candidate's experience. A full benefit package is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave and 401K.

To apply for this job, please send your resume and cover letter by email to Dr. John Ohab, NHGRI's Chief of Communications and Public Liaison, at

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in Drupal 7/8 development and site building, including a deep understanding of Drupal core functionality like views, built-in modules, content types, taxonomy, search and configuration.
  • Strong backend development skills in PHP, MySQL/MariaDB.
  • Strong experience in front-end development (high fluency in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, responsive frameworks, Twig).
  • Ability to convert comprehensive layout and wireframes into working HTML pages.
  • Experience creating custom Drupal 8 modules.
  • Experience integrating Drupal 8 into other services via REST APIs.
  • Demonstrated success with Acquia Cloud hosting environment.
  • Full Drupal deployment experience: installation, configuration and production. 
  • Excellent ability to troubleshoot performance, security and functionality issues.
  • Proficiency developing with GIT.
  • Effective communicator with experience gathering requirements from system owners and users.
  • Understanding of accessible design principles and Section 508 compliance.
  • Comfortable working with front-end and back-end debugging tools.
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant science, technology, engineering and math field.
  • Self-starter with eagerness to learn and grow.
  • Great team player with willingness to support additional roles or drive independent projects when needed.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Architect, build and theme custom Drupal 8 websites and modules on Acquia Cloud.
  • Ensure high-performance and availability, and manage all technical aspects of the CMS.
  • Use modern PHP and MySQL/MariaDB development standards to develop custom applications.
  • Provide application integration to NIH enterprise systems and third-party services.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to gather and refine requirements to meet business needs and define project scope, ensuring technical solutions are properly architected.
  • Adhere to government information security and privacy regulations, ensuring compliance with standards.
  • Provide documentation as required and participate in code reviews, planning sessions, and routine status meetings.
  • Investigate, trace, and debug system issues, identify root causes and make required software changes to resolve problems.
  • Maintain and update Drupal themes, modules, views, code, and configuration.
  • Participate in system migrations during updates to new version of Drupal.
  • Liaise with external technical teams when needed for troubleshooting, updates, etc.
  • Research new technologies, standards and systems to improve existing products and websites.

About Us

The National Human Genome Research Institute offers you the opportunity to build your career alongside the most gifted minds in the field of genomics and partner with experts at NIH and around the world. Building on our leadership role in the initial sequencing of the human genome, we're the driving force for genomics research at the NIH, working to advance the field and guide its future. In this uniquely collaborative culture, you will participate in high-impact research, hone your skills through specialized training, and join efforts to apply new discoveries to the study of human health and disease. Learn more at

Posted: June 29, 2018