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STAFF SCIENTIST 1 - (Medical Genetics and Human Variation Program Deputy Director)



The National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Information Engineering Branch (IEB) is recruiting for a Staff Scientist 1 to support the Medical Genetics and Human Variation (MGV) Program, which includes dbGaP, ClinVar, GTR, and dbSNP. NLM is one of 27 Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

NCBI performs research in computational biology and creates and maintains information systems and computational tools for the biological research and clinical communities. This involves the exercise of technical skills to coordinate the collection, curation, and dissemination of human phenotype, genotype, genetic test, and variation data submitted by investigators and genetic testing laboratories worldwide and the implementation of standards and policy requirements.

The NLM’s NCBI IEB is looking for an outstanding candidate with extensive experience in human genetics, bioinformatics, and NIH policies and process pertaining to accessing human genotype and phenotype data. The responsibilities of this position include the following activities:

  • provide consultation related to informatics applications for data sharing, particularly of secured human biomedical data;
  • support implementation of NIH policies and protocols related to accessing secured and public human biomedical data;
  • communicate and collaborate with MGV and IEB managers to discuss policy, priorities, and activities
  • support MGV program operational goals by collaborating with other program staff including managers, subject matter experts, product owners, project managers, developers, and more;
  • evaluate and communicate on solutions for data/information and process quality, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • engage in collaborations with external entities and institutions (with an emphasis on those groups associated with NIH’s data ecosystem such as NCPI, and those providing standards such as GA4GH, etc.);
  • represent NCBI’s products, standards, and values externally, through participation in working groups, committees, presenting at conferences, webinars, or publication;
  • work with and mentor/provide training for staff; and,
  • work in an agile framework for product development


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 from an accredited college in a biomedical science or related discipline;
  • three or more years of postdoctoral job experience related to biomedical research, data analysis, or scientific data management;
  • evidence of leadership as demonstrated by prior positions, role in working groups or collaborations or conferences/workshops, or letters of recommendation
  • experience in and an outstanding track record of managing or significantly supporting the management of a scientific program area
  • a proven ability to successfully engage in multi-disciplinary collaborative projects
  • knowledge of NIH policies and protocols relevant to human data access
  • demonstrated ability to initiate and successfully deliver bioinformatic applications focused on serving human biomedical data
  • demonstrated knowledge of biological data community standards such as FAIR, FHIR, and GA4GH standards
  • demonstrated ability to work closely and productively with data product teams; and,
  • excellent communication, project management, and organizational skills.


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 experience developing and managing biomedical applications and evidence of engagement in external collaborations related to the data sharing of human genetic and biomedical data to Please include the announcement number, NLM2750-2022 in the cover letter. Do not include your birth date, social security number (SSN), or personal photograph on application materials. 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 by emailing

DHHS, NIH, and NLM are equal opportunity employers

Last Reviewed: January 11, 2023