The Epidemiology and Community Health Branch (ECHB) in the Division of Intramural Research of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland is recruiting a Staff Scientist to join its new program in chronic disease epidemiology.


The mission of the ECHB is to apply epidemiology principles and methods to understand the occurrence, mechanisms and outcomes of heart, lung, blood and sleep (HLBS) disorders in diverse populations. The application of molecular epidemiology and multi-omics is central to this work as is the integration of large epidemiology data sets, that include multiple data sources (epidemiologic cohorts, electronic health records, environmental, genetics, proteomics and metabolomics). Achieving this goal requires creatively leveraging existing cohorts and data sets as well deploying de novo epidemiological data collection, working collaboratively within ongoing NHLBI-NIH programs.


As the ECHB is a new branch, the selected applicant will enjoy the exciting opportunity to actively contribute to the creation of a cutting edge epidemiology program. The position will work closely with the Branch Chief to provide oversight, management, mentorship, and scientific leadership to a wide range of epidemiological studies with a deliberate commitment to include diverse populations including the socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved.

The position will leverage existing data sources to create synthetic cohorts, define and deploy processes to identify data sources specific to a given project, create synthetic cohorts and lead processes to request data and biospecimens. The position will define and deploy processes to prospectively engage with diverse populations and their constituencies, and assemble diverse prospective cohorts. The position will develop independent projects aligned with the mission of the branch and collaborate on projects led by other branch members. The position will mentor trainees and students, contributing to their career development. It will also guide members of the branch and collaborators by facilitating collaborations with intramural and extramural scientists. The position will also work with contractors to oversee data management, data sharing, and study operations. The position will be responsible for communicating study results to a wide-range of constituencies (e.g. scientific community, governmental agencies, oversight committees, study participants).


Most importantly, the successful candidate will be energized by integrating a new program and contributing to its establishment, will be intellectually curious and welcome challenges and will derive professional satisfaction in scientific progress, teamwork and collaborations.


Applicants should have formal Epidemiology training and a robust expertise/experience in data operations, data visualization, statistics, and machine learning methods, as well as an understanding of ethical and legal frameworks guiding data privacy and security. The successful candidate should have a PhD in Epidemiology, or an MD with Epidemiology training (MPH), robust postdoctoral training and accomplishments in Epidemiology, including a strong record of relevant scientific publications.


Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record of multi-disciplinary research on multi-omics. The successful candidate will have formal experience in mentoring and collaboration, demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communications, and have strong quantitative skills with experience in one or more of the following areas: molecular genetics, biomarkers, chemical mixtures, GIS-linked spatial analyses, social/behavioral research, exposure assessment, cohort studies, multi-level models, and/or methods for causal inference.


Staff Scientist Positions:
Staff Scientists at NIH are similar to some non-tenure track researchers at universities in that their primary role is to support the work of other investigators, yet they also conduct independent research. Staff Scientists are generally appointed to a time-limited position that is renewable depending on program needs and performance evaluations. Additional information on Staff Scientist positions at NIH can be found

at https://oir.nih.gov/sourcebook/personnel/ipds-appointment-mechanisms/staff-scientist.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 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. NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities and individuals with disabilities. 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. This position is subject to a background investigation. Candidates may be U.S. citizens, non-citizens, or non-citizens who have, or are eligible to obtain, a valid employment authorization visa. Salary is commensurate with research experience.


Interested individuals should send a cover letter highlighting key qualifications, research interests and experience, a current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography, and a list of three publications that provide evidence of relevant skills along with corresponding PDF copies of these publications to:


Ms. Yuuki Unno, NHLBI

E-mail: yuuki.unno@nih.gov


DHHS, NIH, and NHLBI are Equal Opportunity Employers.