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Scientific Program Analyst

Aerial view of National Institutes of Health Main CampusNational Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks highly-motivated applicants for several scientific administrative openings as a Scientific Program Analyst in Rockville, Maryland.

This is an exciting opportunity for recent graduates in the biological sciences to gain first-hand experience in and broad exposure to how cutting-edge medical research is supported. It is an ideal position for applicants seeking a two-year appointment prior to enrolling in graduate or professional school. The position supports the genetic and genomics research programs and consortia funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The Scientific Program Analyst will carry out administrative duties and scientific analyses in support of Ph.D.-level health science managers in the NHGRI Extramural Research Program, which awards grants to the academic and biotechnology communities to support basic and applied genomics research. Please see for more information about NHGRI funding activities.

Candidates for this position will carry out duties in support of the NHGRI mission, including:
  • Organize, provide logistical support, and attend conference calls, scientific meetings and workshops.
  • Prepare meeting agendas and minutes accurately.
  • Respond to inquiries on scientific and programmatic issues in a timely manner.
  • Compile and summarize scientific and programmatic information.
  • Organize, prepare and analyze in details scientific and programmatic reports.
  • Prepare tables, graphs and slides for presentations.
  • Prepare and coordinate updates of programmatic websites.
  • Collaborate with other Scientific Program Analysts and senior staff on NHGRI projects.

*** Travel may be required for this position depending on programmatic need.
*** This is not a laboratory research position.

Required Qualifications and Skills
  • Recent college graduates (less than 1 year) with BA/BS in biological sciences and interest in genetics/genomics, molecular biology or computational genomics/data science
  • Laboratory research experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to pay attention to details
  • Ability to proactively manage multiple components of various projects
  • Experience working effectively in teams
  • Independent thinking skills
  • Ability to synthesize information and understand underlying relationships to transfer knowledge to new situations
  • Exemplary work ethic and professionalism
  • Working knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

This is a contract position with a term of two (2) years. The successful applicant will be an employee of an NIH contracting agency. The contracting agency offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

Please email resume (include GPA) with cover letter to In your cover letter, please address the following:

  • Exposure to and interest in genetics/genomics
  • Reasons you are interested in this position
  • Recent project or goal that you are proud of and in which a considerable amount of effort was given. Describe how your ability to think critically and/or apply previous knowledge to a new problem was vital to resolving it.
  • Your start date availability

Applications must be received by Monday, January 22, 2018 to be considered.

Posted: November 20, 2017