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Director, Information Resources Branch (IRB)

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Job Summary

The NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is looking for a seasoned professional to serve as the Director of its Information Resources Branch (IRB), leading teams to provide cloud computing, high performance computing, and scientific research applications for NLM, and the NIH-funded research community.  The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and a leader in research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. NLM is the home of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), whose mission is to develop new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease. More specifically, the NCBI has been charged with creating automated systems for storing and analyzing knowledge about molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics; facilitating the use of such databases and software by the research and medical community; coordinating efforts to gather biotechnology information both nationally and internationally; and performing research into advanced methods of computer-based information processing for analyzing the structure and function of biologically important molecules.

This position requires:  1.  Experience in computer capabilities and processing techniques, with an emphasis on software development/modification and applications in a scientific setting, including experience in enterprise architecture goals and objectives, topology, and protocol design, development, and adaptation of systems and services that support scientific needs. 2. Familiarity with genomic and biological data and the importance of these data to biology and medicine with a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of integrating biological and scientific literature information resources. 3. Experience in advising senior level staff on information technologies infrastructure and systems program and policy issues, including experience in project management principles and methods to plan and execute extremely complex projects, including critical, international projects (for example, GenBank and other sequence data resources), as well as experience in the principles and methods of quality assurance and quality control to ensure that IT deliverables fulfill requirements and standards.

Candidates will be well versed in multiple disciplines, including the broad application of information technology; bioinformatics, and interpretation of information from a wide variety of sources.

About the Information Resources Branch

The IRB plans, directs, and manages the technical operations of NCBI, including the computer systems used for research and development as well as the computer systems used to access public databases; provides technical assistance to NCBI staff and provides support for external users of NCBI network services; supervises network operations for the NCBI and coordinates with other government agencies for both national and international access to NCBI services; organizes educational demonstrations and workshops for the biomedical community to foster the use of NCBI's information services; plans, develops, and manages government contracts and cooperative agreements to procure equipment and services in support of NCBI information functions; serves as liaison for user support services to agencies involved in genome projects; performs applied research and development, provides technical consultation and direction, and identifies user needs; conducts surveys to evaluate the use of NCBI-developed software in the biology user community; and coordinates with other governmental agencies and biology information resources to facilitate the development of data repositories at the NCBI. 

The IRB is organized around multiple technical teams responsible for operational services, platform services, information services, and cloud storage & systems. This team operating structure includes three Divisions and one Office. The divisions consist of the Operational Services Division, the Platform Services Division, and the Information Security Division. The office is focused on technology in the areas of Cloud, Storage and Systems. NCBI programs and activities supported by this position are highly complex, mission-critical, and have national and international impact, as they directly support dissemination of biomedical information in service to NIH and the broader biomedical community through NCBI, an organization with a budget of more than $150 million and a staff of more than 700 Federal and contract staff. 

About the IRB Director Position 

The Director will be in a Senior Biomedical Research and Biomedical Product Assessment Service (SBRBPAS)  position.  This position serves as the Chief of the IRB, as well as a senior expert and consultant to NLM’s top management regarding IT research support computer systems.  The incumbent advises the NLM Director and Deputy Directors, the NCBI Director and NCBI Deputy Director, and their staffs on targeted, tactical, research support computer systems to address and integrate the scientific objectives and strategic business management needs of the NCBI; ensures proper use of information technologies to operationalize (i.e., make measurable in the form of variables consisting of specific information and data) NLM strategic objectives and NIH and HHS policies; stays abreast of IT-infrastructure, bioinformatics and information technology trends and emerging developments for applicability and adoption within the NCBI and NLM; manages programmatic initiatives and needs to ensure alignment and integration of informatics systems and services with mission goals; streamlines and makes more predictable the organization's development and operations activities, focusing on code pipeline practices and integration of platform development with operations teams through a DevOps process; and provides expert technical assistance and advice on policies and plans for the introduction, assimilation, and integration of contemporary and emerging IT and bioinformatics to enhance NLM scientific operations. The IRB is organized around multiple technical teams responsible for operational services, platform services, information services, and cloud storage & systems. This team operating structure includes three Divisions and one Office. The divisions consist of the Operational Services Division, the Platform Services Division, and the Information Security Division. The office is focused on technology in the areas of Cloud, Storage and Systems. NCBI programs and activities supported by this position are highly complex, mission-critical, and have national and international impact, as they directly support dissemination of biomedical information in service to NIH and the broader biomedical community through NCBI, an organization with a budget of more than $150 million and a staff of more than 700 Federal and contract staff. 

Candidates for this position must have a strong background in computational biology, computer science, engineering or technology/information technology and be able to lead highly technical, multidisciplinary teams that support enterprise-level, large scale computational infrastructures and services. Candidates should be customer-focused, service oriented, and have experience in working in a biomedical research environment. Experience in large scale cloud architectures and platforms and other advanced technologies is necessary. Outstanding communication skills and a collaborative work style are critical.  This is a full-time leadership position managing sophisticated computational services without time or resources to support any incumbent research activities. The position is located at NIH facilities of the Bethesda, Maryland area campus and cannot be performed as a remote location duty station.   

Required Qualifications

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To be eligible for this position, candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. Foreign nationals or legal permanent residents are not eligible for consideration. Candidates must indicate their U.S. citizenship status on their CV or within their email application submission.

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.

Benefits

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants.

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. Learn more about Foreign Education.

Reasonable Accommodation

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.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send a copy of their CV with the names of three references along with a cover letter detailing relevant experience and interests to ncbijobs@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Please include the announcement number, NLM4717-2023 in the subject line and cover letter. Do not include your birth date, social security number (SSN), or personal photograph on application materials. Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2023.

 

Last Reviewed: December 16, 2022