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National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information
Bethesda, Maryland
This non‐competitive appointment in the excepted service is like a federal full‐time position.
Date posted
Apr 2, 2024

Job Details

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) performs research on computational biology and creates and maintains information systems and computational tools for the biological research community. The NCBI is seeking a Program Head to manage the project, a critical, highly visible, informational NIH resource, by providing leadership and technical and scientific direction in support of the transparency and disclosure of clinical research studies and their results. contains information about ongoing and completed clinical studies from sponsors in the U.S. and abroad. It consists of a study registry and results database. The registry allows prospective participants to find information about recruiting studies of interest, enables researchers to characterize the clinical research landscape, provides an official repository for publicly declaring study protocol details, and facilitates the tracking of study completion and results disclosure. The results database, which complements journal publication, allows researchers to find complete, structured summary results based on the prespecified protocol for studies in an area of interest, thereby mitigating publication bias and selective reporting. This position directs program activities to optimize the value of the resource to stakeholders, while ensuring it meets policy and legal requirements. As of December 2023, has over 473,000 study records, and over 61,000 records with results. More than 100,000 visitors use the website daily to find and learn about clinical studies. The data submission system, PRS (Protocol Registration and Results database), has about 20,000 unique logins per month and over 250,000 users. The Program Head manages over 40 scientific, technical, and administrative staff, is active in conducting and publishing research, participates in numerous scientific and policy activities and collaborations, and serves in an external advisory capacity.

Position Requirements

Candidates may be U.S. citizen, must have either a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, and must have experience in clinical trials methodologies, drug development procedures and clinical trials registries. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the skill and ability to direct, organize, and coordinate complex research and development projects and will have exceptional technical competence. Candidates should also have excellent communication skills and a proven ability to successfully engage with others to create useful resources and to achieve shared objectives. Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with education and experience.

How to Apply

Visit and access the detailed vacancy announcement beginning April 27th, 2024.  Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on May 1st, 2024.

Email with questions or for more information about the position.   Email Doug Bruno ( with questions regarding how to apply.   Visit NLM Careers to learn more about NLM and how you can play a role in this exciting and dynamic research organization.  

HHS, NIH, and NLM are equal opportunity employers. DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers


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