Intramural Scientific Information Officer

This announcement has been amended to add the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to the conditions of employment.

This position is subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment.

Job Summary

Heart disease: the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States. Deploy novel IT innovations to help us solve this—and other public health issues—by leading the Office of Scientific Information within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health.
The Intramural Scientific Information Officer advises the NHLBI Chief Information Officer, the NHLBI Scientific and Clinical Directors, NHLBI Leadership, and experts throughout the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) within the NHLBI on scientific IT strategies related to clinical and basic research objectives.

•    Reports to the Associate Director for Data Science within the NHLBI Information Technology and Applications Center, Office of Management, Office of the Director, NHLBI;
•    Provides vision and strategic planning for scientific computing and IT resources that support clinical and basic science research within the NHLBI DIR; 
•    Serves as the liaison between the NHLBI DIR and NHLBI/NIH IT organizations to foster collaboration and innovation while representing the specialized needs of the DIR in developing IT resources to advance clinical and basic research;
•    Opportunities to collaborate with DIR clinical and basic scientists in the development and implementation of scientific computing approaches in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, bioinformatics, or molecular dynamics;
•    Participates in trans-NIH scientific computing organizations such as the Information Technology Management Committee, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science in Biomedicine, and Bioinformatics Scientific Interest Groups;
•    Assesses the impact of cyber security policies and requirements on the scientific research mission of the DIR and represents their needs and viewpoints to the NHLBI Chief Information Security Officer;
•    Participates with other NIH IT leaders in advisory groups to the NIH IT leadership, including the NIH CIO, while representing the scientific research interests of the NHLBI DIR;
•    Leads, mentors, and develops the members of the Office of Scientific Information into a cohesive high-performing technical team to achieve their goals;
o    Collaborates with research partners to plan, develop, and execute scientific IT strategies in support of clinical and basic science research objectives within the NHLBI DIR;
o    Recommends and informs NHLBI policies on scientific computing, data, technology, and security in support of the DIR’s scientific mission;
o    Communicates and champions the scientific computing needs of the DIR in context of the current computing infrastructure to guide priorities and budgetary decisions;
o    Evaluates tools and technologies to assess current scientific computing needs, and evolving scientific requirements.

Required Qualifications

Vaccination Mandate

In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to exceptions that may be required by law. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before your entrance on duty if you are selected after the compliance date. Your HR Consultant will provide a list of documents acceptable as proof of vaccination and instructions for how to submit a request for a legally required exception, if needed, to comply with vaccination requirement.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree or Ph.D. in computer science, bioinformatics, physics, chemistry, information systems, engineering, or a related discipline (advanced degree preferred);
  •  No less than 10 years of overall experience in IT-related fields;
  • No less than 5 years of management experience leading a team with diverse technical skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully and effectively manage collaborations;
  • Demonstrated track record of successful negotiations and resource appropriation
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following scientific technical areas: HPC design and administration, database implementation and management, scientific computing, big data analytics, bioinformatics, scientific simulations or data analysis, image processing, machine learning, cloud computing or related fields;
  • Experience evaluating technologies and products, contrasting capabilities and making recommendations, and presenting results to senior leaders
  • Solid interpersonal, leadership, and critical thinking skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Expanded/Maximum Telework Posture

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency.

Foreign Education

This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Learn more about Foreign Education.

Reasonable Accommodation

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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