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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) wishes to appoint a Chief Data Science Strategist to provide critical leadership in the area of data science and computational-related efforts in genomics (e.g., genomic data processing, storage, access and integration; genomic data sharing; and genomic data visualization, analysis, and interpretation).  

Open Date: 

Close Date: Sunday, August 15, 20

IC/Office: NHGRI Office of the Director

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Pay: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Vacancy Contact: Anita Whitehurst

How to Apply

Candidates should submit a CV, a two page document outlining the major challenges in genomic data science, and names and contact information for three references to Anita Whitehurst.

Position Description

Genomics is inherently a “big data” field. Data science and computational-related efforts in genomics (e.g., genomic data processing, storage, access and integration; genomic data sharing; and genomic data visualization, analysis, and interpretation) are becoming increasingly important and complex. As highlighted in NHGRI’s 2020 NHGRI Strategic Vision, human genomics research is now widely disseminated across all NIH institutes and centers (ICs), with NHGRI continuing to provide critical leadership at the forefront of these activities.  NHGRI wishes to appoint a Chief Data Science Strategist to provide critical leadership in this area.  Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for advising the NHGRI Director and other institute leadership on data science activities, priorities, and strategies.  This will serve to establish a stronger trans-NHGRI framework for mission-critical areas related to genomic data science and strengthen NHGRI’s participation in trans-NIH data science programs and strategic discussions.  The incumbent will be responsible for synergizing NHGRI efforts with trans-NIH efforts, establishing a strategy for the adoption of cloud platforms as part of a federated-ecosystem for genomic data and analyses, providing expertise and stewardship of trans-NIH knowledgebases and databases, communicating and coordinating with groups outside of the NIH (national and international), coordinating programs and planning across the institute, conveying commitment to increasing the diversity of humans whose genomic data resides in public databases, and participating in other activities that involve significant data science components.  The Chief Data Science Strategist will be responsible for overseeing a new office (the Office of Genomic Data Science) that will include a dedicated staff of 1-2 individuals, along with several dotted-line professionals from across the NHGRI.


In order to qualify for this position, candidates must possess a Master's level or higher degree in:

  • engineering
  • bioinformatics
  • or an emerging or related scientific field.

In addition, candidates must have at least one year of experience related to the position, including achievements in one or more of the following areas to demonstrate the individual has received recognition as an expert in the field:

  • conducted original biomedical research published in peer-reviewed journals of high stature;
  • received major prizes and awards (such as visiting professorships and named lectureships) in recognition of original contributions to biomedical research;
  • received invitations to speak at or chair major national or international meetings or symposia;
  • elected to membership in professional societies of high stature; or
  • meets other criteria demonstrating sufficient rigor or accomplishment in a relevant or closely related field that is necessary to the accomplishment of NIH's mission.

If you are a current Federal Title 5 employee, you must have one year of equivalent experience at the GS-14 level or above.


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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. 

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Reasonable Accommodations

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.

Last updated: July 20, 2021