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Director, Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

The Person: The ideal candidate will have considerable research experience demonstrating a strong understanding of computational, technological, and biological issues. In addition, candidates should possess recognized research management and leadership abilities. Candidates with substantial training and experience in computation/informatics, biomedical technology, and biomedical research will be considered. A strong understanding of the role of computation, informatics, and technology in uncovering biological principles and in advancing research on human health and disease is desired. This individual will report to the Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), but will also have access to the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), in coordinating activities across NIH and among federal agencies.

The Challenge: A significant challenge for the biomedical research community is the integration of the vast amount of accumulating scientific data in order to develop predictive understanding of basic biological processes. The ability to meet this challenge will be critically dependent on advances in bioinformatics and computational biology and on discovery and deployment of new technologies. The Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (BBCB) is responsible for stimulating and funding research in these areas of importance for NIGMS. The Division supports research on bioinformatics, databases, and data mining; modeling of complex biological systems; algorithmic development and software engineering; mathematical biology, high-performance computing, molecular imaging, structural biology, and proteomics, among other areas. In addition, the Division is responsible for managing the NIH Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative (BISTI), an agency-wide effort to stimulate and coordinate use of computer science and technology to address problems in biology and medicine. The Division also actively collaborates with other NIH components and federal agencies in developing policies in these areas. NIGMS is seeking a leader in this field to direct the Division and the BISTI efforts, and to coordinate the work of both with other interested federal agencies and the broader scientific community. Information about the Division and BISTI is available at: and

Position Requirements: Candidates must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the position. Please see the official vacancy announcement for qualification requirements and what to submit. The position will be filled under a Title 42 excepted service appointment.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of Federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and financial disclosure requirements.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a current CV and bibliography electronically to In addition, applicants must also submit a vision statement (not to exceed a total of two pages) in a cover letter, and provide the names, titles, and telephone numbers of 4-5 references.

NIGMS will begin accepting applications on October 26, 2012, and plans to have the position open for at least 30 days, but will not close the application process until a candidate has been selected.

You may contact Krystal Kelly with questions about this vacancy at or 301-594-3827.

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

This page last reviewed on October 26, 2012