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Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology

Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT)

NCI is seeking an innovative leader to serve as its Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT).  Information about CBIIT can be found at The Director, CBIIT serves in an equivalent extramural Program Division Director position reporting directly to the NCI Director. The Director, CBIIT leads the federal government components in the cancer research informatics and information technology (IT) enterprise. The CBIIT Director will: (1) envision and oversee the current and future NCI biomedical informatics and information technology (IT) program and advocate for the appropriate use of data science, informatics, and IT in basic, translational, and clinical research; (2) develop the CBIIT vision and strategic plans to address the NCI biomedical informatics and IT needs;  (3) lead the development and coordination of all NCI IT assets, and maintain NCI-wide IT and informatics infrastructure;  (4) collaborate with internal NCI stakeholders and external stakeholders to include the National Library of Medicine, NIH, Department of Human and Health Services, Department of Energy, Data Commons Teams and the cancer research community on informatics initiatives necessary to fulfill NCI's biomedical informatics mission;  (5) establish, communicate, and coordinate informatics exchange and technology standards in conformance with Federal requirements; and (6) provide centralized, integrated computer support services to the NCI scientific and business computing communities.

The CBIIT Director provides executive, managerial leadership and oversight for NCI-wide data science and informatics vision to NCI data science, informatics, and computational investments; oversees the implementation of the NCI Data Ecosystem and the functions of the CIO, NCI; interacts with the NIH CIO and coordinates data science and research data access, cybersecurity and privacy policies for NCI at a national level; oversees all NCI security and IT systems holding personally identifiable information (PII) such as clinical trials data, maintenance and expansion of the Genomic Data Commons infrastructure; implements the NCI’s use of cloud services and the NCI Data Ecosystem; and, manages a federal workforce of approximately 70 people and more than 600 contractors engaged in providing a wide range of IT, biomedical research informatics, and software infrastructure services to NCI. The CBIIT Director participates in the scientific leadership of NCI to implement NCI research and training initiatives and represents NCI on relevant national and international research committees.


Montgomery County, Maryland

Required Qualifications

Applicants must possess a doctoral level degree (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D.) in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position OR equivalent experience.  Candidates must have relevant experience leading and managing the day-to-day operational data science, informatics, and cancer research IT activities of a large biomedical research organization. Candidates must have expert knowledge of data science and informatics, cancer research, computer science, IT and cybersecurity to ensure proper communication and coordination among stakeholders. Candidates must have experience providing strategic vision, management and leadership in the support of biomedical informatics research, scientific management information programs, and cybersecurity.  Candidates must have experience overseeing a multi-million-dollar budget, scientific and administrative staff, and scientific contractors; implementing strategic advanced data science, IT and cybersecurity initiatives; providing expert advice on matters related to cross-cutting data science, IT and cybersecurity; and collaborating with other government agencies, academic, industry and private sector interests. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.  This position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment.


Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate may be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.  The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Standards of Conduct / Financial Disclosure

The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at the NIH Ethics Website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Foreign Education

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)    website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Reasonable Accomodation

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and full contact details for three references. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each). Send application package to NCI will begin accepting applications on 4/2/2018 and applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled.

You may contact Susan Greenhouse with questions and for more information about this vacancy at



This page last reviewed on June 4, 2018

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