Wanted: Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences Program Directors


We’re recruiting two accomplished scientists for program officer positions in the Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences. The successful applicants will be responsible for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research grants, and will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities related to their field of expertise.

The positions are in our Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch and Biophysics Branch.

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch supports bioinformatics and computational approaches that join biology with the computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, biostatistics, and physics. The Branch collaborates with other NIH entities on the Data Science and Smart and Connected Health initiatives, and with the National Science Foundation to support a program in mathematical biology. Applicants should have experience in developing and/or applying computational approaches to biomedical problems. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, computational and mathematical biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, biomedical data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

The Biophysics Branch supports research that applies techniques and principles derived from the physical sciences to examine structures and structure-function relationships in biology. The position requires stewardship of grant awards related to development or applications of computational molecular modeling for biophysics, biochemistry, or drug discovery. Applicants should have broad expertise in one or more of the following areas: biophysics, computational molecular modeling, or applied mathematics.

For both positions, familiarity with NIH extramural funding as an applicant, reviewer, or NIH scientific administrator is a plus, and outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential.

The positions are being advertised as part of the NIH global recruitment for Health Scientist Administrators. There will be two GS-12/13/14 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) vacancy announcements: one for federal employees (candidates with current or former federal employment status) and one for the public (candidates without such status). The announcements will open on May 17 and close on May 26.

In preparing an application, the webpage on applying for scientific administration jobs at NIGMS may offer other useful information. You also may find the NIGMS tip sheet [PDF] for global recruitments helpful. For additional information about these positions, visit our job vacancies webpage to view the announcements. We encourage all interested candidates to contact Dorothy Beckett, Paul Brazhnik, or Fei Wang with questions about the positions.

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