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Deputy Scientific Information Officer (SIO)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development , Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The Deputy SIO will be appointed as a Staff Scientist at the NICHD Division of Intramural Research, Bioinformatics & Scientific Programming Core and will work with scientific researchers including

  • Work with researchers to understand how data flows through labs, how these workflows interface with IT, and identify any upcoming advances in instruments, methods, and technologies
  • Evaluate cloud resources for scientific work and guide implementation
  • Oversee a small team of scientific IT support technicians responsible for day-to-day technical work in labs
  • Critically evaluate electronic lab notebook solutions and how they would fit in to the day-to-day life of a researcher
  • Help coordinate scientific application development and implementation (in concert with the Bioinformatics and Scientific Programming Core)
  • Participate in strategic planning and implementation, especially related to IT governance and data sharing
  • Serve as point of contact for complex data sharing and transfer requests
  • Help develop policies, processes, and documentation to democratize data transfer, storage, backup, and archive
  • Represent the interests of the intramural scientific community on institute and NIH-wide working groups


  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • PhD in science, preferably in field related to biomedical research
  • Familiarity with working in a laboratory environment or with working closely with researchers
  • 4 years of experience in either a field related to IT or research involving substantial use of IT infrastructure


  • Previous experience working at the interface of research and IT
  • Linux system administration experience
  • Basic Python, R, and/or Bash programming experience
  • Demonstrated experience with specific domains of information technology, such as networking, security, storage, cloud platforms, applications development, desktop support, or managing
    high-performance computing infrastructure

To Apply:

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to Ryan Dale, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent as well. Applications will
be accepted starting August 5, 2022 until the position is filled.

Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with or eligible to obtain
a valid employment authorized visa. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A full
benefits package is available, including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, annual and sick leave, and Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).
DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.
The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and
encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with