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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is seeking applications for the position of NHGRI Scientific Research Equity Officer and Director of the NHGRI Training, Diversity, and Health Equity (TiDHE) Office within the Office of the Director (OD), located in Bethesda, Maryland.

 Application Deadline: February 9, 2024


The NHGRI is the driving force for advancing genomics research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NHGRI recognizes that the promise of genomics cannot be fully achieved without successfully attracting, developing, and retaining a talented and diverse workforce, both internal to NHGRI and in the broader external research community. NHGRI is committed to developing and supporting initiatives that expand opportunities for genomics education and careers; cultivating genomics training programs and workforce development initiatives for individuals underrepresented in biomedical research; and promoting genomics research to improve minority health, reduce health disparities, and foster health equity. The selected individual will play a central role in planning, catalyzing, and promoting research strategies to support workforce training, diversity, and health equity across NHGRI and the genomics enterprise more broadly.   

Specifically, this position is responsible for: (1) overseeing NHGRI extramural research training programs that prepare individuals for genomics careers; (2) developing and supporting genomics extramural workforce development programs and research initiatives that create a more diverse genomics workforce; (3) advising the NHGRI Director and institute senior staff on a broad range of issues regarding genomics workforce diversity and health equity; (4) working in partnership with NHGRI divisions, branches, and offices as well as across the NIH institutes, centers, and offices to realize the goals of NHGRI’s Action Agenda for Building a Diverse Genomics Workforce; (5) incubating ideas, securing partner commitments, and co-creating new research programs, and high-impact research initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the genomics workforce; (6) providing strategic and programmatic leadership for NHGRI’s research and programmatic efforts to reduce health disparities and fostering health equity in areas related to genomics and genomic medicine; and (7) evaluating progress towards achieving greater diversity and health equity in genomics and genomic medicine.  

Required Qualifications

The NHGRI seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D.; have expertise in human genetics and/or genomics; and possess the knowledge, skills, and experience of an organizational diversity/health equity professional. Applicants must have extensive scientific knowledge of genomics across the full spectrum of the field (basic, translational, clinical, and bioethics); be skilled in engaging with diverse scientific organizations in all aspects of genomics; and have experience catalyzing creative research training and development programs for diverse candidates and among diverse/underrepresented groups. Candidates should also demonstrate the ability to manage financial and human resources.  

A diverse pool of applicants is sought, and qualified individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Salary and Benefits

The selected individual will be appointed at a salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health, and life insurance; long-term care insurance; retirement; and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided. The selected individual is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of their appointment.

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 nonmembership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.  

Standards of Ethical Conduct/Financial Disclosure

The NIH inspires public confidence in its science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described on the NIH Ethics Website. We encourage applicants to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the selected individual to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment. 

Foreign Education

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.  

Reasonable Accommodation

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Anita Whitehurst at anita.whitehurst@nih.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Workplace Flexibilities

This position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities, which may include telework and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following documents: 

  • current Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications; 
  • copy of advanced degree; 
  • full contact information for three references who can speak to the candidate's character and their efforts and experience in the requisite areas; 
  • a vision statement for the above-described position (not to exceed two pages); 
  • a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (not to exceed two pages); and 
  • a statement indicating how you have promoted equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion as well as describing your mentoring and outreach experience, especially for efforts involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research (not to exceed two pages).   

Applications should be sent to Anita Whitehurst (anita.whitehurst@nih.gov). Applications will be accepted through February 9th, 2024

You may contact Anita Whitehurst with questions and for more information about this vacancy at anita.whitehurst@nih.gov.  


DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. 

Last updated: January 5, 2024