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Staff Scientist 1 (Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Project Team Leader)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is one of 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health. NLM is a global leader in biomedical informatics and computational health data science and the world’s largest biomedical library. NLM’s legislative mandate is to support the essential work of acquiring, organizing, preserving, and disseminating biomedical information. NLM provides public access to this information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NLM Division: Intramural Research Program (IRP)

NLM Program/Office: Computational Biology Branch (CBB)

Application Period: Applications will be accepted February 5, 2024 until the position is filled.

Overview: The Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Project team, located in the Computational Biology Branch, is looking for an exceptional candidate with extensive expertise in bioinformatics analysis and biomedical ontology and graph database development to lead the project under the guidance of Dr. Richard H. Scheuermann. This position is located at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.

Position Description/Responsibilities:

The interdisciplinary project team is dedicated to developing a Cell Phenotype Knowledgebase (CPKB) that will serve as a comprehensive public reference resource for information on cell phenotypes. The team will comprise bioinformatics analysts responsible for developing and implementing statistically rigorous cell type matching approaches, contributing to incremental knowledge growth by assessing the identification of existing and novel cell types, bioinformatics analysts dedicated to creating a FAIR-compliant cell phenotype representational model (a semantic schema) based on OBO Foundry ontologies and related semantic standards, and bioinformatics analysts focused on developing and implementing an extraction, translation, and loading (ETL) protocol to translate processed assay results, including transcriptional biomarkers produced through a standardized machine learning pipeline, and experiment metadata from selected datasets into standardized semantically-structured assertions (SSS assertions) about cell phenotypes for integration into the cell phenotype graph knowledgebase.

The final product will be an open-access reference knowledgebase centered on healthy and diseased cell phenotypes, tailored to meet the diverse needs of the general biomedical research community. Consequently, the position mandates a robust working knowledge of interdisciplinary bioinformatics fields and the ability to collaborate closely with project team members and researchers across NIH. This collaboration is crucial for supporting core discovery use cases and delivering an open-access reference knowledgebase supporting diagnostic biomarker and therapeutic target discovery for the biomedical research community.

Position Requirements:

The ideal candidate may or may not be a United States citizen.

We are looking for an individual with:

Education Requirements:

Candidates must hold a PhD and/or MD degree in biomedical science, computer science, or a related field.

Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all their education outside of the United States 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 United States. 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.

Salary and Benefits:

This non‐competitive appointment in the excepted service is like a federal full‐time position. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. A full package of benefits is available.

How to Apply

Prospective candidates are invited to submit their CV, along with a cover letter outlining their experience in leading biomedical data analysis, database management, collaboration, and small research teams, and including the names of three references, to Please ensure to reference the announcement number, NLM8805--2024, in your cover letter. Do not include your birth date, social security number (SSN), or personal photograph in your application materials.

Contact Information:

HHS, NIH, and NLM are equal opportunity employers.

Last Reviewed: February 2, 2024