Director, Office of Data Science

Research Triangle Park, NC
Commensurate with experience and accomplishments
March 01 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Director, Office of Data Science, Division of the National Toxicology Program

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.

Applications for this position will be accepted 3/20/2018 through 3/29/2018 only. To apply, please visit In addition to the USAJOBS supporting documentation requirements, the candidate may be asked to provide additional information about employment history as part of the hiring process that will highlight key qualifications, and the applicant’s philosophy for supporting the mission of the ODS. If you have questions regarding how to apply, or need additional information, please contact Angela Davis at 984-287-3018 or

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


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