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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Genetic Epidemiologist, Division of Genomic Medicine (DGM).

DGM focuses on understanding how genomics contributes to human health and disease and how this knowledge can translate into improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The primary activities of DGM involve planning, directing, and facilitating multi-disciplinary research to identify genetic contributions to human health and disease and use them to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention through research and training grants.

The Genetic Epidemiologist will provide scientific expertise in epidemiology, genetics, and related areas to undertake, collaborate, and advise on investigations relevant to the etiology, natural history, prevention, and treatment of genetics of common, complex diseases.

Application Deadline: March 8, 2024, or until filled

Position Description

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide effective technical leadership and guidance, continually reviewing and evaluating current knowledge and emerging issues in biostatistics, and in the epidemiology and genetics of common, complex diseases.
  • Prepare solicitations of grant applications and contract proposals, establish clear objectives and evaluation criteria, conduct complex technical negotiations and make recommendations regarding funding decisions.
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate data from a medical and scientific viewpoint in an accurate and timely manner, identifying public health implications and making appropriate recommendations.
  • Review manuscripts containing epidemiologic, genetic, clinical, and prevention study data and other material for epidemiologic and methodologic content in a timely manner preparatory to publication.
  • Provide scientific and administrative advice to investigators, institutions, and laboratories to develop research applications in line with NHGRI/NIH guidelines.
  • Evaluate applications for all mechanisms of grant support in assigned areas in a timely manner and makes recommendations with regard to funding actions, providing timely advice and guidance by drawing upon extensive experience.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must have completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. In addition, the candidate must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks: planning and conducting epidemiological studies and clinical trials with a focus on genetics; identifying inadequacies and inconsistencies in genetic data obtained from studies and clinical trials; consulting with and providing advice to senior management on the interpretation and findings from epidemiologic studies with a focus on genetics; and overseeing and monitoring epidemiologic research grant awards and reviewing funding actions on epidemiologic studies for completion and accuracy.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  1. Familiarity with NIH funding procedures, particularly for extramural investigator-initiated grants and cooperative agreements;
  2. Experience working with and managing teams of scientific and administrative professionals;
  3. A commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and access; and
  4. Project management experience

How to Apply

NIH will accept applications for this position through March 8, 2024, or until it is filled. Please see the global recruitment announcements for GS-15 supervisory positions.  

Applicants should send an email expressing interest to Teri Manolio, Director, DGM (manoliot@nih.gov) and are encouraged to include a cover letter in the application package describing their interest in and qualifications for this position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the candidate‚Äôs experience.  A full Federal benefits package is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, annual and sick leave, and the Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). 

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 applications from qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Reasonable Accommodation

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations 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.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

The NIH 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.

Last updated: February 29, 2024