Job Posting: Opportunity at the NIH Library: Bioinformatics Informationist

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library is pleased to announce an employment opportunity for an exceptional candidate to serve as:


Bioinformatics Informationist (one vacancy, GS-13), posting period March 22 – March 31, 2021


Applicants who are members of the public:

Announcement number: NIH-ORS-DE-21-11034150


Applicants who already federal employees or who are otherwise eligible as a status applicant, or through an OPM interchange agreement:

Announcement number: NIH-ORS-MP-21-11034231


If you have experience providing information services and instruction in a clinical or biomedical research setting and want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the NIH Library team.


Bioinformatics Duties

  • Serves as the team leader and coordinator for bioinformatics, identifying goals and objectives and developing strategies to meet them.
  • Recommends guidelines, policies, and procedures; ensures that administrative tasks, such as collecting, analyzing, and reporting statistics which document the service levels and trends in service provision, are accomplished.
  • Coordinates bioinformatics classes from outside vendors and guest speakers for NIH researchers and staff, including developing and delivering a program of instruction in the use of bioinformatics databases and analytical tools.
  • Teaches NIH researchers and staff to use a range of bioinformatics databases and various analytical tools related to the following areas: sequence analysis, similarity searching, structural analysis, gene expression, and text/data mining.
  • Acts as information advisor and consultant to NIH branches and laboratories to aid them in locating, accessing, identifying, and managing information.


Informationist Duties

  • Serves as an expert information advisor and consultant to NIH and HHS customers.
  • Consults and collaborates with researchers, clinicians and staff to aid them in locating, accessing, identifying, and managing information.
  • Utilizes a range of biomedical information resources and databases to provide information to researchers, clinicians and staff.
  • Develops and provides a program of instruction in areas such as the use of analytical tools, scholarly resources, and library resources.
  • Provides advice and consultation to researchers, clinicians and staff in using library products and services.
  • Performs outreach across NIH and HHS to understand users’ information needs and markets library services and resources that meet those needs.
  • Consults with research librarians, researchers, clinicians, and peer groups within and outside NIH and HHS to keep abreast of developments, new methods, and search techniques in the area of specialty, information science and biomedicine.


For more information on the Bioinformatics Support and Informationist Programs at the NIH Library, visit:


John P. Doyle, MSI

Chief, Information Architecture Branch

National Institutes of Health Library

Division of Library Services

Office of Research Services

Bldg 10, 1L-19A, MSC 1150

Bethesda, MD 20892

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