Chief, Data Ecosystems Branch

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

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader to serve as the Chief, Data Ecosystems Branch (DEB), 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.  DEB oversees the strategic vision, development, and operation of data and analytic infrastructure resources supporting integration and secondary use of data from intramural and extramural NCI programs.  For more information about CBIIT, go to

The Chief, (DEB), manages the activities of the DEB, in support of the informatics and data science needs of the Intramural and Extramural Divisions of NCI to include complex data science and biomedical informatics development and implementation solutions to ensure findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability of cancer research data. A flagship program within the Data Ecosystems Branch is the Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC). In addition, the Branch Chief has the following responsibilities:

  • Serve as an authoritative expert on data science and data ecosystems and function as a key resource for national and international researchers who use NCI’s data ecosystem, products, and services.
  • Provide expert advice, guidance, and consultation to the Associate Director for Informatics and Data Science, the CBIIT Director, the NCI Director, and other NCI senior management officials and scientists regarding data science and informatics programs, projects, initiatives, and policy.
  • Oversee nine Federal Staff as well as contractors assigned to support the Branch with an annual adjusted budget of greater than $31M.
  • Represent the DEB, CBIIT, and NCI on scientific planning and priority-setting committees, trans-NIH and interagency committees, panels, advisory groups, and public/private sector work/task forces and committees with the authority to concur or non-concur on decisions, plans and matters regarding CBIIT’s scientific program and policy issues.

The successful candidate will be an innovative leader on a broad range of evolving data and analytic infrastructure resources and related emerging data ecosystems technologies as applied to cancer research.  

Location of position will be as advertised but may be negotiable with certain participating program areas after selection and an onboarding period. If a remote opportunity is negotiated, the selected individual may work anywhere in the United States, including onsite at NCI's campus in Rockville, MD and the salary will be based upon the locality pay of your work site as determined by law. Work sites outside of the U.S. are prohibited. Remote employees must adhere to all regulations and policies regarding remote work at NIH and in the federal government, including the signing of a remote work agreement.

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

  • The successful candidate must possess a doctoral level degree in biomedicine or a biological related field, or a medical degree, or a doctoral or master’s level degree in engineering, bioinformatics, or a related or emerging field.
  • The candidate must meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management educational and qualification standards for the scientific discipline directly related to their position and must furnish proof that they meet all educational (i.e., official transcripts) and other (e.g. licensure, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates(ECFMG)).
  • The candidate must have extensive knowledge and experience in the application of concepts, practices, requirements, and policies of biomedical informatics, data and analytic infrastructure, and related emerging technologies for cancer research.
  • The candidate must have experience leading and overseeing the development of data infrastructure, platforms, and knowledge-based solutions; recommending digital solutions using predictive modeling and analytics; coordinating biomedical informatics and emerging technology programs; and designing databases to manage data from emerging biomedical technologies.
  • The candidate must have leadership experience in supervising staff, managing multi-million-dollar budgets, and overseeing complex biomedical informatics contracts.
  • The candidate must have experience in leading multidisciplinary groups in developing biomedical informatics and data ecosystems strategies and initiatives.
  • The candidate must have experience in establishing successful partnerships with a broad range of agencies and non-federal organizations.
  • The candidate must have experience in establishing and implementing guiding principles and policies for data aggregation, federation, integration, and harmonization.
  • The candidate must have leadership experience in managing a highly visible national data ecosystems research programs is highly desirable.


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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