Information Engineering Branch Chief - Senior Scientist

National Institutes of Health
National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information
United States MD Bethesda


The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) performs research on computational biology and creates and maintains information systems and computational tools for the biological research community. The Information Engineering Branch (IEB) of NCBI aims to make biomedical data accessible and useful to scientific researchers, those in the public health field, and the general public through efficient and effective modern information technology (IT) practices and innovative design strategies. IEB production web sites are accessed, on average, by more than four million users who view 21 million web pages and download 100 terabytes (TB) of data daily.

The NCBI is seeking a Senior Scientist to serve as the IEB Branch Chief, responsible for establishing IEB’s research priorities, supervising multidisciplinary work teams of more than 450 staff, and managing a complex program of basic and applied research. This position will facilitate continued collection and management of biomolecular and bibliographic data, provide access to core datasets and services, set strategic development priorities, and ensure that development targets are met on time and within budget. The incumbent will need to exercise scientific judgment and have a data science perspective to design, develop, and implement a biomedical research data infrastructure that meets the needs of NIH-supported researchers.


Candidates should have expertise in genomics and in the application of data science. Although located in NCBI, this position is pivotal to NLM’s future direction in data science of integrating genomic science within the broader ecosystem of journal and other bibliographic resources.

Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens eligible to obtain a valid employment-authorization visa. Candidates must have either a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree and must have at least ten years of experience in the application of computers and data science to the field of genomics. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the skill and ability to direct, organize, and coordinate large complex research and development projects and will have exceptional technical competence. Candidates should also have excellent written and oral communication skills and a proven ability to successfully engage with others to create useful resources and to achieve shared objectives. Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with education and experience.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

Start date

As soon as possible

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send a copy of their CV, a cover letter briefly describing their interest in this position, and the names of six references, including at least three from non-collaborators, to Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from other groups underrepresented in biomedical research. Applications will be accepted from February 4, 2019 to February 14, 2019.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers


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