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Senior Advisor for Data Science

Bethesda, Maryland
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Jun 27, 2024

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Senior Advisor for Data Science

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services


The Immediate Office of the Director (IOD) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Senior Advisor for Data Science.  The Senior Advisor for Data Science offers an exciting opportunity to provide high level leadership, strategic planning, and oversight for the entire NHLBI data science portfolio.  This position will lead efforts to coordinate data science activities across NHLBI intramural and extramural divisions and the NHLBI Information Technology and Applications Center (ITAC) by working with senior staff leaders of these three NHLBI components to guide the development and execution of the Institute’s strategic vision for data science. The incumbent will also represent NHLBI on Trans-NIH and other externally facing committees relevant to data science in service to the Institute’s mission. 

The Senior Advisor for Data Science will provide strategic leadership to the Institute’s data science mission across extramural and intramural programs and the full span of HLBS conditions.  This leadership will be applicable to data intensive science across the translational spectrum, including pre-clinical, clinical, population, and translational sciences.  This position serve on the leadership team of the BioData Catalyst program, the Institute’s cloud-based ecosystem to support FAIR data use to drive discovery for the precision prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HLBS conditions.  The position will also provide expertise to NHLBI leadership in establishing policies involving highly complex, novel statistical support for research having a national/international impact.  The position will participate in a variety of NHLBI and NIH data science oversight, development, and implementation teams.

Specific skills, education and experiences candidates must possess include:

  • Either a doctoral-level degree in biomedicine or a biological related field, or a master's level or higher degree in engineering, bioinformatics, or another field related to data science. 
  • Active engagement in data science relevant to biomedical research.  Relevant areas include multi-omics systems biology of HLBS conditions, research on environmental or social determinants of HLBS health conditions using electronic health record data, large cohort data, or other large data sets, and research on the methods and infrastructure that supports this research.
  • Expertise in one or more aspects of biomedical informatics, spanning bioinformatics (e.g., genomics and multi-Omics), imaging informatics, medical/clinical informatics (e.g., electronic medical record data), and public health informatics (e.g., geospatial data). 
  • Experience with advanced analytic methods (e.g., artificial intelligence and natural language processing). 
  • Expertise in establishing policies involving highly complex, novel statistical support for research having a national/international impact. Broad understanding of the social, environmental, and behavioral influences on human health, and how those factors are expressed in biological processes that could underly mechanisms and potential targets for interventions.
  • Experience speaking at or chairing major national or international meetings, committee, initiatives or symposia

If you are a current Federal title 5 employee, you must have one year of equivalent experience at the GS-14 level or above.

7The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

Applicants must submit the following documents to by June 28, 2024 for consideration:

Cover letter (not to exceed three pages) addressing:

  • Your education, experiences and specific skills that align with the requirements necessary for the role of Senior Data Science Advisor.
  • The manner in which you are actively engaged in data science research that is considered outstanding by peers in the data science field
  • Your experience leading others and coordinating complex major data science programs in a nationwide organization
  • A Vision Statement of how you would approach this role
  • How you have promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in your current and prior roles. Please also describe your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research

CV/ResumeTo be eligible for this position, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national and indicate status on their resume.

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For questions please contact Joanna Derksen Bare at


HHS, NIH, and NHLBI are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.


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