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 program in chronic disease epidemiology with a special emphasis on biostatistics.
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 analysis of molecular epidemiology and multi-omics data is central to this work as is the integration of large epidemiology data sets, from multiple data sources (epidemiologic cohorts, electronic health records, environmental, genetics, proteomics and metabolomics). Achieving this goal will require to creatively leverage existing cohorts and data sets as well deploy de novo methods for data collection and analysis, working collaboratively within ongoing NHLBI-NIH programs, specifically the Office of Biostatistics Research.
As the ECHB is a new branch, the successful candidate will enjoy the exciting opportunity to actively contribute to building a cutting edge epidemiology program. As the lead biostatistician in the ECHB, the Staff Scientist will play a leading role in managing datasets, designing studies, formulating analysis plans, statistical programming, analysis and report writing. The successful candidate will work closely in partnership with the senior statisticians from the Office of Biostatistics Research, NHLBI, DIR. She/He will recommend and carry out statistical methods and approaches necessary for the creation, completion, and analysis of research projects and supervises the planning and designing of analytical procedures by others as requested. She/He will recommend appropriate analytical designs for a broad range of data and analyze data for the evaluation of outcomes. She/He will support the preparation of peer-reviewed publications, and will serve as primary and/or co-author on publications.
The selected candidate will work closely with the Branch Chief to provide oversight, management, 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 following deliverables are required to achieving these goals:
INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPACITY BUILDING
Assemble data sources
Define and deploy processes to identify data sources specific to a given project
Assemble cohorts and lead processes to request data and biospecimens
Conduct complex data analyses in high dimensional datasets
INDEPENDENT AND COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH
Develop independent projects aligned with the mission of the Branch
Collaborate on projects led by other Branch members
MENTORING AND COLLABORATION
Mentor trainees and students and contribute to their career development
Guide ECHB members and collaborators by:
Facilitating collaborations with intramural and extramural scientists
Working with contractors to oversee data management, data sharing, and study operations
Communicate study results to a wide-range of constituencies (e.g. scientific community, governmental agencies, oversight committees, study participants)
The candidate must have a PhD in Biostatistics/Epidemiology, Statistics, or other relevant field, proven competency in advanced statistics, and robust postdoctoral training with a strong record of scientific publications. Prior focus on HLBS diseases, metabolic dysfunction, and multimorbidity is a plus.
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.
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.
The work described above requires formal epidemiology training, a robust expertise/experience in data analyses and statistics, and understanding of ethical and legal frameworks guiding data privacy and security.
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. 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 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, a current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography, brief summary of research interests and experience, and a list of three publications that provide evidence of relevant skills along with corresponding PDF copies of these publications to:
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