NCBI Director, NLM

Closing Date: April 22, 2022

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks an innovative leader to serve as the Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and NLM Associate Director for Scientific Data Resources (ADSDR). This position offers an exciting opportunity for a creative, forward-thinking individual to provide scientific and operational leadership to a key node in the digital biomedical ecosystem, overseeing research, development, and deployment of advanced computational solutions to meet life science information needs and facilitate open science and scholarship through a growing array of data, literature, and other information products and services made available by NLM. Leading some 700 federal and contract employees with a budget of about $150 million, s/he works closely with other members of NLM leadership, other federal agencies, and the biomedical research community to understand and address priorities from molecular biology to public health. As a member of NLM Leadership, the incumbent also participates in the advancement of the NLM mission, and authoritatively represents NLM and NIH on matters related to advanced computer technology in support of biomedical discovery and scholarly communication. The successful candidate will create a standard for a workforce characterized by diversity and demonstrated equity and inclusiveness.

LOCATION: Bethesda, Md., or nationwide

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will be a recognized leader in the development, delivery, use, and analysis of large-scale biological data repositories and resources in support of scholarly communication. Personal scholarly contributions to related technical or biological disciplines must be balanced with proven ability to manage a large workforce to deliver high-value data resources in a safe, secure manner 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The ideal candidate has advanced preparation (MD or PhD or equivalent doctoral preparation) in biological, computational, or information sciences, or a related discipline with a strong computational and biological focus.  Demonstrated experience in defining technical requirements for biological science information needed for planning, implementing, and evaluating large-scale information technology resources, including cloud-based platforms and distributed networks, is essential.  Ability to perceive and prepare for technological trends, negotiate data sharing and data protection agreements relevant to biological data sharing, and a proven track record of progressive executive leadership over a scientific, technical, and administrative workforce are key to success in this position. Experience in establishing trans-government, transnational, and public-private partnerships to advance computational support for the biomedical sciences and health is highly-desired. Demonstrated contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility is required.

SALARY/BENEFITS: The incumbent will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience and NIH salary guidelines.  Full Federal benefits will be provided, including retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and savings plan (401(k) equivalent).

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 NIH 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  We encourage applicants 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 education institutions in the United States.  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 accommodations 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 letter of interest of no more than three pages that addresses the applicant's: 1) vision for NCBI as a digital biomedical ecosystem, including vision and ability to develop and deploy computation and data resources, 2) vision of NCBI as a key global actor in the future of open science and data and information services, and 3) qualifications for this position, including prior experience in managing large resources and a diverse workforce.  In addition please include a current curriculum vitae, and the names of three references by the end of 4/23/22. Please include in your CV a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. 

CLOSING DATE: April 23, 2022

Applications should be sent to:
NLM NCBI Director Search Committee
c/o Troy Pfister
Building 38A, Room 4N401Q8
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD, 20894