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The National Library of Medicine (NLM), Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communication (LHNCBC) is recruiting for a Staff Scientist 1. The position is in the Computational Health Research Branch (CHRB), which is a part of the Intramural Research Program (IRP). NLM is one of 27 Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

NLM IRP is looking for an outstanding candidate with extensive experience in biomedical natural language processing (NLP) with commitment to the biomedical informatics research in areas of fostering and applying discoveries.  The responsibilities of this position will include the following activities:

  • conducting research in the general area of linking electronic medical data (focusing on NLP of narrative documentation) with biological/genomic data;
  • advancing text mining research, semantic parsing, and machine learning methods;
  • developing NLP methods for precision medicine;
  • providing consultation related to informatics applications for clinical decision support;
  • establishing collaborations with external entities and institutions; and,
  • working with and mentoring students and post-doctoral fellows.


The ideal candidate may or may not be a United States citizen and must have a doctoral degree. We are looking for an individual with:

  • a Ph.D. or equivalent in computer science, related disciplines biomedical, or clinical informatics;
  • experience and a track record in natural language processing research applied to biomedicine documented by peer-reviewed publications;
  • demonstrated ability to work closely and productively with other research teams; and,
  • demonstrated ability to initiate and successfully conduct research.


Applicants who have completed part or all 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 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.

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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.


Interested individuals should send a copy of their CV with the names of three references along with a cover letter detailing research interests and evidence of engagement in multi-disciplinary collaborative research to Please include the announcement number, NLM2452-2022, in the cover letter. Do not include your birth date, social security number (SSN), or personal photograph on application materials.

Review of applications will begin on September 29, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


NIH/NLM encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The U.S. government does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, pregnancy, and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. NIH/NLM will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.

HHS, NIH, and NLM are equal opportunity employers.

Last Reviewed: August 29, 2022