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    Opportunity: Director, Office of Data Science, Division of the National Toxicology Program @ National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences -- Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Submitted by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2018


    NIEHS is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated Senior Scientist to serve as Director of the Office of Data Science (ODS). ODS provides guidance and strategies in the acquisition, development, and deployment of scientific data and knowledge management solutions at NIEHS through the informationist, and data science programs. The mission of ODS is to accelerate scientific discovery, foster collaborative research, and ultimately improve public health through the application of scientific data and knowledge management in the environmental health sciences. ODS: (1) Implements and translates new data science methods to enhance environmental health sciences research; (2) develops and implements data science training opportunities; (3) enhances researcher's ability to find, access, interoperate, and reuse data; (4) develops and supports policies and standards for data integration and harmonization; (5) facilitates transformation of data and information into user-friendly knowledge-based platforms; and (6) represents NIEHS in trans-NIH and interagency data science and knowledge management activities.


    In collaboration with the Computer Technology Branch and the Scientific Information Office, ODS works to implement FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data concepts within the NIEHS. The ODS is envisioned to comprise 5 on site staff with a data curator and data science architect to be hired, and access to a significant support contract with annual resources totaling ~ $2.7-3 M.

    We are seeking a highly qualified individual with detailed scientific knowledge of informatics and software engineering with a focus on the life sciences. The incumbent will be experienced in directing research in the development of new technologies in the area of data management, and will have supervisory experience.


    The ideal candidate for this position will have a professional research-based doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in computer science or a related field, plus experience in the life sciences, evidence of national recognition, publications in appropriate scholarly journals, and demonstrated success in the development of production--level software, hardware, or integrated data management applications.

    Finally, the candidate must possess the communication and people skills to work across the NIEHS intramural and extramural research divisions to champion the implementation of best data management practices and procedures, as well as devise a data management infrastructure that meets the needs of the institute and is in synchrony with data management tools and approaches across the 27 NIH institutes and centers.


    Research Triangle Park, NC


    The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 institutes and centers employ more than 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information about the NIH mission, goals and institutes and centers, visit


    Interested candidates should submit their full curriculum vitae, including bibliography, and a 3- to 4-page statement which highlights past research and key qualifications, and the applicant's philosophy for supporting the mission of the ODS, as ONE (1) combined PDF to Ms. Bonnie Earnhardt at int-appls[at] Please reference vacancy number DIR-AC1320 and your name in the subject line of your email submission. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women, or persons from other groups which are underrepresented in biomedical research. In addition, applicants must arrange to have three (3) letters of recommendation sent to int-appls[at] Please be sure referees include your name and Vacancy Number DIR-AC1320 in the subject line of their email. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated or considered.


    Applications for this position will be accepted 07/23/2018 through 08/01/2018 only.


    DHHS, NIH, NIEHS are an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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