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Head, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division, Library Operations, NLM

You will have an opportunity to shape the future of NLM! NLM recently launched its strategic plan, NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. A variety of implementation activities are underway and this position is expected to play a key role in collecting new types of information resources.

The Head of the Collection Development and Acquisitions Section has primary responsibility for building the modern NLM collection of biomedical literature and other resources according to the guidelines of the Collection Development Manual of the National Library of Medicine. The Section selects materials for the NLM collection in a challenging scientific publishing environment including providing journal selection and processing support for the NLM literature databases PubMed Central and MEDLINE. Section staff provide initial bibliographic control for resources selected; acquire materials in all formats from sources worldwide; process materials for the collection; and license and manage access to electronic resources. The incumbent will oversee the NLM literature budget of approximately $12.5 million dollars and provide policy support for the Library’s collecting guidelines. S/he will serve on working groups within NLM and represent NLM to various professional and government organizations. When fully staffed, the Section has 34 professional librarians, technical information specialists and library technical support personnel.

This position is a Supervisory Librarian GS-1410-14, with a salary range from $114,590 to $148,967.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. A Metro subway station (Medical Center on the Red Line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Supervisory Librarian (DE)
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NLM-DE-18-10176591
DE stands for delegated examining. All U.S. citizens are eligible. 
Closing Date: April 23, 2018


Supervisory Librarian (MP)
Job Announcement Number: NIH-NLM-MP-18-10176577
MP stands for merit promotion. Applicants must be qualified current or former federal employees or VEOA eligible.
Closing Date: April 23, 2018


Please contact Jennifer Marill, Chief, Technical Services Division, at with questions about the position.
Please contact Douglas Bruno, Human Resources Specialist, at with questions about the application process.


Staff Scientist - Closing Date April 23, 2018 

The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHC), an Intramural Research Program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recruiting a Staff Scientist within the Communications Engineering Branch (CEB), in Bethesda, MD. This recruitment is part of consolidating, maintaining its leading role and securing the future of Natural Language Processing (NLP) research at LHC. The position includes an attractive set-up package, including access to comprehensive NLM core facilities, such as DGX-1 and many-node high-performance clusters optimized for deep learning. The position also provides access to the unique and extensive resources of the NIH.  

NLP is an area of artificial intelligence that has seen significant growth in recent years. It is currently seen as central to further development of machine learning and industry application problems that involve human computer interaction. The importance of automated understanding of scientific literature, clinical text, and health-related social media communications is also growing, mirroring the explosion of publications in these media and the need to find and connect nuggets of information relevant to specific health-related, clinical and biomedical research issues.

LHC is well known as a leader in the research and development of NLP algorithms in areas ranging from biomedical literature processing to clinical text and consumer language processing. The creation of the position is necessary to support ongoing efforts, secure LHC’s future leading role in this area, and address the development of new fundamental approaches to automated understanding of scientific literature, clinical text, and consumers’ communications. NLP research is central to supporting the NLM mission of advancing medical and related sciences through the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information: most of this information exists in narrative form and NLP methods are needed to translate this information to machine-readable form, so that it can be efficiently discovered and accessed by the research community, the public, patients, and families.

Eligible candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D. (or M.D., Ph.D.) or equivalent doctoral degree in the biomedical computational sciences. The staff scientist in this position should be an outstanding scientist, with at least five years of significant experience, with high-quality scientific contributions to biomedical natural language processing, information retrieval and machine learning, a proven record of independent research, mentorship abilities and international recognition in biomedical and clinical NLP research. The research directions supported by the staff scientist in this position include advancing algorithms for: 1) extraction of information from text; 2) improving abstractive summarization of text for better discoverability, such as automated indexing of biomedical literature; and 3) research on automatically answering clinical and consumer health questions.

Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments, and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Additional information regarding the LHC and NLM is available at

To apply, please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interest and three letters of recommendation to: Celina Wood by email or regular mail.

E-mail address:

Postal address:

Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

Attention: Celina Wood, AO, LHNCBC

Building 38A – Room 7N707 – MSC 3828

8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20894

Applications must be received on or before April 23, 2018 for consideration.


About the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The 317-acre campus boasts plenty of green space, where we have regular cultural events for staff and the public. A Metro subway station (Medical Center on the Red Line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. We also have free parking.

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