Chief Medical and Scientific Officer

Bethesda, Maryland
Jul 23, 2020
Oct 22, 2020
Lameaka Johnson, PHR
Full Time

All of Us Research Program

Chief Medical and Scientific Officer

With nationwide responsibility for improving the health and well-being of all Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) oversees the biomedical research programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and those of NIH’s research Institutes and Centers (ICs). As the world’s largest medical research facility, NIH consists of 27 ICs, including the Clinical Center (an onsite research hospital). 

Are you an exceptional candidate who can provide leadership to the National Institutes of Health?

This position is for the All of Us Research Program (All of Us), within the NIH Office of the Director. All of Us is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By learning more about individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward precision medicine.

The program aims to engage a participant community that reflects America’s diversity, including groups that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research. With rich and evolving data contributed by participants over time—through surveys, electronic health records, biospecimens, wearable technology, data linkages, and more—the All of Us research platform will support discoveries that lead to new prevention strategies and treatments for foundational health challenges.

Within the All of Us office, the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer (CMSO) and the Division of Medical and Scientific Research direct the scientific agenda for the national research cohort of one million or more U.S. participants. In concert with the Chief Executive Officer, the CMSO works with NIH, scientists across All of Us awardee institutions, and other stakeholders to develop and set the scientific vision and protocol roadmap. This work includes leading the collection and appropriate use of current and future datatypes (e.g., surveys, electronic health records, biospecimens). The CMSO should have the full range of scientific, technological, and governance expertise to lead the development, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of medical and clinical review activities for the program’s one million or more participants. Responsibilities include helping build the vision, capacity, credibility, and international reputation of the program to maximize its impact on the health of Americans. The CMSO helps ensure that all aspects of the program satisfy the highest scientific, ethical, and administrative standards.

This position will be engaged with high-level senior staff responsible for this highly visible, high-priority initiative. Given the critical and complex issues facing the All of Us Research Program, sufficient scientific expertise and leadership are needed to keep abreast of the developments and innovations in rapidly advancing and changing disciplines, including science, medical, and clinical matters; data/informatics; genomics and other omics research; participant engagement; human subjects research; and health policy issues associated with the program. As such, the CMSO must have a record of exceptional accomplishments and vision in one or more key areas related to the All of Us Research Program. These accomplishments should include documented success in tackling large-scale projects relevant to precision medicine, using big data, and solving problems using innovative approaches. The CMSO should have a proven track record of technical, scientific, and management expertise relevant to the program and should be well known and well respected nationally for the innovations created by her or his work.

We are looking for applicants with a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization.

The CMSO must possess unique skills and a broad range of scientific competence, as well as specific knowledge about the design and execution of complex cohort studies. The CMSO must bring demonstrated leadership, expertise, and credibility on current research developments in precision medicine, clinical research, electronic health records, epidemiology, and public health. Experience with large projects involving electronic health record data and big data integrating multiple data types is preferred. An M.D. is preferred, but other doctoral degrees with significant relevant experience in large-scale human subject/precision medicine research studies would be considered. Applicants should have experience in oversight of human subjects protection. The CMSO must have a demonstrated commitment to and special knowledge of underrepresented communities, as well as superior communication skills and the ability to translate academic and scientific concepts to diverse constituencies. The CMSO must also be able to deploy this broad and cross-cutting knowledge to ensure the continued development of the scientific and technical vision for the All of Us Research Program.

The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience, and a full federal benefits package that includes leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, and a retirement savings plan (401[k] equivalent) is available.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a current CV and bibliography electronically to Ms. Lameaka Johnson, PHR, at (301-827-2527). In addition, applicants must submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses the qualification requirements (not to exceed a total of two pages), and provide the names, titles, email addresses, and telephone numbers of four to five references. Applications must be received by October 22, 2020.

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers