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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is searching for an Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) Co-Director. The Co-Director for this program would represent the UDP for intramural NIH committees and functions, external NIH meetings, and national and international conferences.

Position Description

The Co-Director would manage the UDP’s bioinformatics program, including its phenotype and genotype database (UDPICS), quality control, analytics, recruiting, training and interactions with patients, physicians and collaborators. The Co-Director would also serve as Attending Physician for UDP patients and would work on projects, with specific duties and roles based on the director’s experience and interests.

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The Co-Director would be formally housed within the NHGRI Office of the Clinical Director (OCD). As part of the OCD, the Co-Director would also provide supervisory clinical genetics services to research subjects seen at the NIH Clinical Center and would work with ongoing and new NHGRI clinically- oriented research projects. This involves working with many investigators and research teams to manage patients seen at the NIH Clinical Center and to provide consultative services. In this capacity, the Co-Director would help train physicians, laboratorians, genetic counselors, and other NHGRI trainees, both didactically and at the bedside. Finally, the Co-Director, based on their qualifications in bioinformatics and related IT areas, would serve in an advisory capacity in the OCD on these matters.

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Requirements for the position include an M.D. degree (a Ph.D. in addition to an M.D. degree is preferable), board certification in Clinical Genetics as well as a primary specialty (e.g., pediatrics or internal medicine), at least 5 years of experience in bioinformatics and database management.

Salary and Benefits

The selectee will be appointed as a Senior Clinician. For more information regarding this appointment designation, please see IPDs and Appointment Mechanisms. The position will be filled under Title 5 of the United States code. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. Pay will be set using the Title 38 Physicians Pay Schedule. A recruitment incentive may be available, and relocation expenses will be paid. A full federal Civil Service benefits package is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance; long-term care insurance; leave and a Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through USAJobs by submitting a current curriculum vitae, bibliography and full contact details for three references. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

The USAJobs posting will be open from June 28 – July 12 and the link to apply can be found at. For questions regarding this announcement, please contact Ben Solomon at solomonb@mail.nih.gov and William Gahl at gahlw@mail.nih.gov.

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DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Last updated: July 7, 2021