Scientific Information Officer (Staff Scientist)

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
December 13 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

Scientific Information Officer (Staff Scientist)

Intramural Research Program (IRP)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Health and Human Services (HHS)


The Intramural Research Program (IRP) of the NIMH is recruiting a scientific computing professional to head a new Office of Scientific Computing (OSC) in the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program (NIMH IRP). This individual will act as the Scientific Information Officer for the NIMH IRP.  The new Office will be responsible for computing and data acquisition support for the cutting-edge basic and clinical brain research carried out by NIMH investigators.  It will also develop and implement strategies to apply new IT practices and technologies toward the growing requirements to acquire, store, share, and analyze data on a very large scale. To lead this effort, we are seeking a unique individual with a background in informatics, neuroscience, or computer science and a vision to shape scientific computing in the age of large-scale, collaborative neuroscience.

The mission of the NIMH IRP is to undertake high risk / high reward scientific and clinical research whose outcome fundamentally shapes our understanding of neurobiology and clinical pathology and ultimately leads to the improved diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.  With the recent advancement of data acquisition techniques in many domains of basic and clinical neuroscience, our research programs depend critically on advanced computing infrastructure. The overarching goal of the OSC will be to establish the data acquisition, storage and analysis framework within NIMH that is well-suited to conquer the challenges associated with “big-science”, enabling IRP research laboratories to freely ask bold and important questions about brain function using the most modern computing methods. Resources for this position will include 1-2 staff members and a small operating budget.

The individual sought for this position will initially work with investigators, core facility heads, and researchers throughout the institute to strategically determine their computing needs. With an overview of needs across the institution, she or he will develop short term and long term plans to optimally share expertise and utilize existing resources to best serve the resource goals.  In addition, the individual will provide ongoing support and foster development of projects deemed critical to the success of the IRP mission by the scientific director or her designate. The individual is expected to balance multiple factors including budget, time frame, project profile, staff IT acumen, research, and existing proven solutions. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to work broadly across the organization and collaborate with basic and clinical researchers. Areas of emphasis include but are not limited to: clinical data management, structural biology, imaging, genomics, proteomics, and computing. In addition, they must leverage IT support from outside sources such as the Information Resource and Technology Management Branch within the Office of the Director, NIMH, the Center for Information Technology, NIH, and the Department of Clinical Research Informatics in the NIH Clinical Center as well as outside vendors.

Candidates must have an advanced degree (Ph.D., M.D/Ph.D. or equivalent) with a record of accomplishment in information technology support to a scientific enterprise as well as application to basic and clinical research. The position, due to its cross-cutting nature, requires an individual who is highly collaborative, comfortable tackling IT interests in a scientifically diverse environment, has strong oral and written communication skills, can build and manage a team, and who keeps abreast of the most current technological advances in support of both scientific and business strategy. Knowledge of the following areas is highly desired: academic scientific culture, IT solution development in the research and research administration space, advanced IT security principles, clinical and basic research data management strategies, high performance computing systems, and content management systems. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments.  More detailed information about the NIMH Division of Intramural Research may be found at

Applicants should submit the following: cover letter highlighting key qualifications; current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography; names and addresses of three references and; a one-page summary stating the applicant’s philosophy for supporting the IT needs of a scientifically diverse community and accomplishments in supporting IT and scientific computing in a dynamic research setting.

Applications will be reviewed mid to late January 2019 and will continue to be considered until the position is filled.   PDF applications by electronic mail are strongly preferred.  Materials should be sent to

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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