Job Postings: Informationists, Bethesda, MD
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library is pleased to announce employment opportunities for candidates to serve as:
Informationist (two vacancies, GS 11-13)
Bioinformatics Informationist (one vacancy, GS 13)
Data Services Informationist (three vacancies, GS 11-13)
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.
For more information on these programs at the NIH Library, visit
We expect to announce these opportunities on USAJOBS.gov in the coming weeks, and applications will be open for 10 calendar days. The application period reflects the NIH’s effort to hire talented people quickly.
• 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.
• 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.
Data Services Informationist
• Assisting NIH researchers in making their data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable).
• Assisting and consulting NIH researchers in locating existing data; processing data for reuse; organizing and describing data to facilitate analysis, collaboration, and sharing; performing data mining and analysis; managing retention and long-term preservation of data; complying with NIH and federal policies for data sharing; and, communicating data through visualizations and infographics.
• Assessing NIH researchers’ training needs in the areas of data management, data visualization, data analysis, and R and Python programming.
• Developing and delivering graduate-level training to meet identified needs.
• Providing one-on-one advice and consultations in the areas of data science, e.g., data management and visualization.
• Assisting NIH researchers in using the NIH Library’s data sciences workstation which offers a suite of tools for data analysis, processing, and visualization for a variety of different types of data.
• Fostering trans-NIH data science collaboration in support of the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science and raising visibility of the NIH Library Data Services Program across NIH and beyond.
• Conducting research in data science.
We encourage you to create or update your USAJOBS.gov account and profile now so you will be ready to apply when the opportunities are posted. As part of the application process, it may be necessary to upload copies of degree transcripts. We also encourage you to set up email notifications for future opportunity announcements. Please visit the USAJOBS.gov Help Center at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/faq/ for more information.