NIH seeks a Senior Advisor for Clinical Data Science

Interesting job posting to Bioinformatics.Org

The Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides leadership and support to the highly visible, dynamic, trans-NIH initiative of biomedical discovery in an era of big data. Reporting directly to the NIH Director, ADDS has multiple responsibilities including the Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K) and a role in the emergent Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).

ADDS is seeking a Senior Advisor for Clinical Data Science, with a background working with electronic health records (EHRs), to join a team of data science specialists with significant expertise in basic research dataworking on: developing an enterprise-level solution to support a 1 million plus patient cohort for precision medicine; developing the “Commons” — a conceptual framework to support biomedical basic and clinical data in the cloud and beyond; developing and maintaining clinical data standards, policies, and sustainability; training; innovating data science; improving internal processes for data centric grant review; and communicating and subsequently sharing actions with all stakeholders, notably other federal agencies, philanthropic organizations, the private sector, and international partners. Given the high visibility and priority of the PMI, the Senior Advisor will interact directly with both the ADDS and the NIH Director.

Duties include:
* Working with the PMI team on behalf of ADDS and the NIH Director to establish methods and standards for acquiring and transmitting clinical data derived from EHRs for PMI cohort research purposes.
* Advising on issues related to the use of mobile devices and mHealth apps for acquisition and management of research data and participant reported observations.
* Working with ADDS team, that have significant expertise in basic research data, to establish a synergistic exchange, such that best practices in handling unstructured research data can be translated into analogous best practices for research uses of clinical data.
* Having a trans-NIH role in communicating and fostering developments surrounding clinical data, including the development and adoption of common clinical data elements across NIH Institutes and Centers, and developing standards on behalf of the NIH as a whole, with a particular need to interface with the efforts of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
* Helping to inform policies and regulatory affairs surrounding research uses of clinical data with particular emphasis on the balance of clinical data availability versus the need to protect patient privacy.
* Advising on the development and maintenance of clinical data resources at NIH such as dbGaP, ClinVar, ClinGen and
* Supporting the ADDS team to foster of new innovations surrounding big data, notably the establishment of the Commons.
* Contributing to the design of intramural and extramural training programs that emphasize clinical data.
* Contributing to the design of extramural funding programs as part of the BD2K initiative.
* Working closely with the Chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development to synergize clinical informatics developments across the NIH.

To learn more about the office of the ADDS, please visit:

Required Qualifications:
Applicants must possess a Ph.D., M.D. or both in biomedical informatics, significant research experience in handling and analyzing clinical data, proven expertise working with and developing EHR systems, and strong interpersonal skills collaborating as part of a team. Applicants should be known and respected within their profession, as distinguished individuals of outstanding competence. The Senior Advisor for Clinical Data Sciencewill be appointed under Title 42(f) at a salary commensurate with qualifications. The work site location is the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland.

Applications will be accepted through May 11, 2015. To be considered for this position, you must submit your curriculum vitae, bibliography, supplemental narrative statement that addresses the required qualifications, and the full contact details of up to five references by mail to Dr. Philip Bourne, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, Building 1, Room 325, Bethesda, MD 20892 OR by email to Applications must be postmarked by the closing date.

For further details please contact Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D., FACMI, Associate Director for Data Science at

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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