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Genomic Science and Health Equity

National Human Genome Research Institute; Food and Drug Administration, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

A doctoral fellowship cosponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) is currently available. The newly established Genomic Science and Health Equity Fellowship Program will fund this doctoral fellowship. This program will prepare fellows to use genetic, genomic and pharmacogenomic approaches to advance minority health and health equity. Fellows will be trained in the research methodology and medical product development processes that facilitate the delivery of drugs, biologics and devices from the bench to the bedside.
David Bodine, Ph.D. (NHGRI), Maria Rios, Ph.D. (FDA) and Kamille West, M.D. (NIH Clinical Center) will co-mentor the first fellow selected for this position. This fellow will pursue genomics research related to transfusion support for sickle cell disease (SCD), a major health disparity that primarily affects African Americans. The successful candidate will complete a research project to produce reference reagents for blood group genotyping, which will optimize transfusion support for patients with SCD.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Have or obtain a Ph.D., M.D., Pharm.D. or D.V.M. in medicine, human genetics, genomics, computational biology, cell or molecular biology, epidemiology, biostatistics or closely related areas.
  • Have fewer than five years of relevant research experience since receipt most recent doctoral degree.
  • Have strong laboratory skills, some knowledge of statistics, excellent communication skills and fluency in both spoken and written English.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
Applications will be accepted starting February 15, 2021 and will be screened on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The fellow is expected to start in summer or fall 2021.

To Apply:

Please submit the following to Jamil B. Scott, Ph.D., M.P.H. to
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement of research interests
  • Names and contact information for two professional references
This position is subject to a background investigation. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.