Associate Director for Informatics & Data Science, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT),NCI

THE POSITION: NCI is seeking an innovative leader to serve as its Associate Director for Informatics & Data Science, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT). The NCI is the principal agency of the Federal Government for cancer research and for carrying out the National Cancer Program. CBIIT accelerates cancer research by empowering scientists and clinicians with the data and informatics tools they need to drive their research and ensures research data are optimally managed and the right technologies are available when needed. CBIIT partners with NCI programs and cancer researchers to meet the informatics, data, and information technology needs of the community today. For more information about CBIIT, go to

The Associate Director, CBIIT serves as the principal advisor to the CBIIT Director and NCI senior leadership on ensuring the required clinical and discovery informatics infrastructure needs are met; promoting and implementing biomedical informatics solutions, information technologies, and analytics activities; and managing major data sharing and integration initiatives. The Associate Director has the following responsibilities: leads diverse, highly complex scientific programs involving bioinformatics and data science; oversees three highly complex informatics and data science programs that: (1) support the NCI’s clinical trials and clinical trials reporting, precision medicine, imaging informatics, semantic infrastructure, and translational research; (2) develop and manage the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons, providing secure access to data generated by NCI-funded programs and; (3) provide advanced computational genomics data analysis, scientific consultation, and training to support intramural and extramural NCI scientific communities;•supervises significant resources and management of scientific contracts involving clinical and translational research informatics and data science; and serves as the primary advisor on the research and development of informatics and data science technologies and products that support critical cancer and biomedical research programs of the Institute. The successful candidate will be an innovative leader on a broad range of evolving biomedical informatics, data sciences and related emerging technologies as applied to cancer research in NCI’s complex portfolio. The successful candidate will also have a vision for informatics and data science to transform and improve cancer research.

LOCATION: Montgomery County, Maryland

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must possess a doctoral level degree (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D.) in a biomedical science with demonstrated scientific experience spanning multiple disciplines such as biochemistry, molecular biology, and emerging technologies such as genomics, proteomics, biomarker discovery, biomedical informatics, and clinical informatics. Candidates must have extensive experience in the application of concepts, practices, requirements, and policies of biomedical informatics, data science and related emerging technologies to cancer research. Candidates must also have experience developing data infrastructure, platforms, and knowledge-based solutions; recommending data-driven solutions using predictive modeling and analytics; coordinating biomedical informatics and emerging technology programs; and designing databases to manage data from emerging technologies. Candidates must have leadership experience in managing a highly visible national biomedical informatics and data science research and development program; supervising staff, managing multi-million dollar budgets, and overseeing complex biomedical informatics contracts; leading multidisciplinary groups in developing biomedical informatics and data science strategies and initiatives. Candidates must also have experience in establishing successful partnerships with a broad range of agencies and non-federal organizations; experience in establishing and implementing guiding principles and policies for data aggregation, federation, integration, and harmonization and experience serving as a manager of complex cancer biomedical informatics and data science programs. This position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate may be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.  The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at the NIH Ethics Website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)    website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

REASONABLE ACCOMODATION:  NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and two-to- three page statement explaining your reason for being interested in the position and the specific scientific expertise and leadership experience you will bring to the position. Submit your application and statement to

Applications will be accepted from 8/22/2020 to 9/21/2020. Up to three letters of professional reference may be required as the recruitment process progresses.

You may contact Laura Townsend with questions and for more information about this vacancy at


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