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Health Scientist Administrators (September 21, 2020 - September 30, 2020)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) – one of the largest institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – is seeking exceptional and motivated candidates to serve as Health Scientist Administrators within the Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS).  The Epidemiology Branch supports, designs, and conducts research and supports training in cardiovascular epidemiology, as well as provides population science expertise in other disease areas in NHLBI’s mission, including lung, blood, and sleep (LBS) disorders.  Studies in heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) diseases are conducted to identify temporal trends and population distributions of disease and include single- and multi-center observational studies of the development, progression, and treatment of HLBS disorders.  Studies identify environmental, social, lifestyle, physiological, and genetic risk factors for disease and risk factor development, including characterization of multi-omic signatures as well as gene/gene and gene/environment interactions.

The Epidemiology Branch  provides leadership and oversight for several large longitudinal cohort studies including the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, the Cardiovascular Health Study, the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study, the Framingham Heart Study, the Hispanic Community Health Study—Study of Latinos, the Jackson Heart Study, Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study/Women’s Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study, the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, the Risk Underlying Rural Areas Longitudinal Study, the Strong Heart Study, and the Women’s Health Initiative.  The Epidemiology Branch also shares leadership responsibility for several genomics programs and projects, including the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) program with over 155,000 whole genome sequences in diverse populations.

Successful Health Scientist Administrator candidates will be responsible for providing scientific and technical leadership and guidance related to the planning, development, and implementation of research in the areas of data science, precision medicine, clinical informatics, health disparities, social epidemiology, or women’s health related topics.  The selected candidates for these positions will be responsible for the overall programmatic direction of research in one or more of these areas in the Epidemiology Branch and leading and working with teams throughout DCVS/NHLBI. 


Ideal candidates will have an outstanding record of research accomplishments and experience with clinical- and/or population-based observational studies in chronic disease epidemiology with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to develop and oversee complex research programs.

  • U.S. citizen; doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) with major academic study related to the medical field, health sciences, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of these positions
  • Ability to synthesize research findings and develop a broad vision that will advance cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment
  • Skill in communicating with scientists and with a sophisticated lay audience
  • Training and expertise in chronic disease epidemiology and in at least one of the following areas: molecular biology, genetics, multi-omics, and/or bioinformatics; clinical informatics and/or phenomics; health disparities and social determinants of health; and/or women’s health, ideally including maternal health
  • Experience with clinical- and/or population-based observational studies in cardiovascular epidemiology

To Apply:

Visit USAJobs ( and access the NIH global recruitment for Health Scientist Administrators, open Sept. 21 through Sept. 30, 2020. 

For More Information Contact Yuling Hong, MD, PhD at, Sean Coady, MS, MA at, or Jared Reis, PhD at


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NIH, and NHLBI are equal opportunity employers committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.