Data Science Program Manager

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Division of Neuroscience

NINDS is seeking a Scientific Data Science Program Manager to serve as subject matter expert to staff and leadership regarding data science policies and the challenges they present, provide recommendations for advancing the NINDS mission through data science, and develop and implement methods to evaluate NINDS data science efforts. They will serve to both coordinate existing and future data science efforts which may provide opportunities to leverage the infrastructure and best practices and create efficiencies for these investments.

The successful candidate will provide expertise in support of existing and future data science efforts and policy development. They will be responsible for coordinating, tracking, assessing, and harmonizing existing data science efforts, including databasing, data analytics, knowledge-basing, common data element (CDE) implementation, GUID usage, application of FAIR data practices, and associated policies. They will provide leadership for advancing NINDS-wide data science knowledge by leading the Data Science Working Group and providing educational opportunities to both program personnel and the extramural community regarding data science best practices. They will perform advanced programmatic analyses to evaluate the impact of data science infrastructure investments and policies toward advancing the NINDS mission.

The NINDS is a leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and the nervous system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NINDS provides funding and resources for basic, translational and clinical research through various funding opportunities within the three Divisions of Neuroscience, Clinical Research and Translational Research

Located within the Division of Neuroscience, the Repair & Plasticity (R&P) Cluster provides oversight of grants to support: 1) efforts to understand mechanisms of plasticity, endogenous neurogenesis, and stem and progenitor cell biology in the development, maintenance, and repair of the nervous system; 2) research that focuses on the course of degeneration and repair following injury to the nervous system (including spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury) and on strategies and interventions to improve functional outcomes; and 3) development of neural interface devices designed to monitor activity and restore function after neurological injury or disease. Supported research topics include: spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and associated research on the recovery of function; plasticity of the nervous system; neural circuits that underlie specific behaviors; repair of the nervous system in injury and disease; stem cell biology; neural prosthesis, neural engineering, and other means of repairing the nervous system due to injury or disease. Program Directors in the R&P Cluster work closely with colleagues in other NINDS Divisions and NIH Institutes to oversight and expertise on grants and contracts relevant to the research focus of the Cluster. 


A Bachelor-level or more advanced degree is required. Candidates should demonstrate expertise in project management in the biomedical sciences; skills in planning, organizing, and directing team efforts; and excellent organizational, time management, and analytical skills. A broad spectrum of scientific knowledge and professional experience in the neuroscience is preferred.

The position will be filled under a Title 5 GS-601-13/14 appointment. Salary is commensurate with the experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and savings plan (401K equivalent).  

**Interested candidates should send a current CV and letter of introduction describing experience and interest in this position to Dr. Ling Wong. Application materials will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. ** 

Who May Apply:  
You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to be considered for this position. Foreign nationals or legal permanent residents are not eligible for consideration. Selection for this position is dependent upon successful referral from a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcement (GS-13/14) on the website USAJOBS.  
There will be a HSA Announcement (Program Officer) open from January 18 to January 27, 2023. The links are listed below for interested candidates:

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)

All information provided by candidates will remain strictly confidential and will not be released outside the search process without a signed release from candidates. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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