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Methods and Technologies Branch Seeks Program Director for Data Science

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The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), is recruiting for a Program Director in its Methods and Technologies Branch (MTB) in Rockville, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

The MTB focuses on developing, validating, and evaluating methods and technologies that are sufficiently robust for conducting human population studies. The branch works across units and branches of EGRP to support innovative investigator-initiated research-driven informatics technology development for improving the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge in the investigation and management of cancer. Learn more about the MTB.

EGRP is the largest funder of cancer epidemiology grants nationally and worldwide, supporting more than 300 grants and numerous cooperative agreements annually. The program supports research projects that generate large amounts of complex data, including (but not limited to) genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, and pharmagenomics data. It is necessary to integrate this data so that it can be utilized for risk assessment and better understanding cancer etiology and various clinical outcomes. To this end, the MTB is seeking a scientist with expertise in bioinformatics and data integration.

Position Description

This position offers opportunities to develop initiatives on the cutting edge of cancer epidemiology, responsibility for a diverse portfolio of grant-supported research, opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration, research opportunities, and a scientifically energizing and collegial environment.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Initiate Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) in the area of bioinformatics and cancer epidemiology;
  • Develop and organize scientific workshops;
  • Write meeting recommendations for peer-reviewed journals;
  • Write manuscripts to support EGRP's mission and initiatives;
  • Develop and implement contracts in cancer bioinformatics and epidemiology;
  • Collaborate with scientists within the Division, Institute, NIH, and outside the NIH;
  • Make presentations in scientific meetings and conferences; and
  • Administer grants and contracts.


The Data Science Program Director should possess many of the following qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree in bioinformatics or closely related field
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics resources and software is required
  • Experience with statistics as it relates to highly multidimensional data is required
  • Experience in integrating "omics" data in epidemiology studies (previous experience with GALAXY is desirable)
  • Knowledge of public databases (e.g., NCBI) and commercial bioinformatics packages.
  • Knowledge and experience in artificial intelligence techniques such as support vector machines and neural networks
  • Knowledge and experience of database management and designs such as relational or multidimensional databases
  • Experience in bioinformatics analysis, interpretation, and alignment with other biological data and knowledge sources

Salary and Benefits

This position is advertised at the GS 12/13/14 level, for which the 2015 pay range is $76,378 to $139,523 per year. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.External Web Site Policy

How to Apply

U.S. citizenship is required. Please submit a letter of interest and vitae to Ms. Allison Cook at and include the following in the subject line of the e-mail: MTB Program Director 2014.

All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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