NIH is looking for an Associate Director for Data Science: Statisticians should consider applying

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NIH understands the importance of data and several months ago they announced this new position. Here is an excerpt from the add:

The ADDS will focus on the urgent need and increased opportunities for capitalizing on the expanding collections of biomedical data to advance NIH’s mission. In doing so, the incumbent will provide programmatic NIH-wide leadership for areas of data science that relate to data emanating from many areas of study (e.g., genomics, imaging, and electronic heath records). This will require knowledge about multiple domains of study as well as familiarity with approaches for integrating data from these various domains.

In my opinion, the person holding this job should have hands-on experience with data analysis and programming. The nuisances nuances of what a data analyst needs to successfully do his/her job can't be underestimated. This knowledge will help this director make the right decisions when it comes to choosing what data to make available and how to make it available.  When it comes to creating data resources, good intentions don't always translate into usable products.

In this new era of data driven science this position will be highly influential making this job quite attractive. If you know of a Statistician that you think is interested please pass along the information.

  • http://twitter.com/MrScotchpie Andrew

    I hope a statistician does in deed apply and is chosen for this role within the NHS. He may be able to change things once he recovers from the shock of finding a very pitiful level of competence amongst NHS analysts.

    Currently you can be an NHS data analyst without any formal maths or stats training. In deed many just fall into the role as they move around the organisation and have little to no interest what so ever in even basic statistics let alone statistical inference, simulation modelling and mathematical decision theory. Their analytical tool of choice is Excel. Try and introduce R or Python and you face complete indifference and even some hostility for upsetting the comfortable status quo.

  • http://twitter.com/spencerfleury Spencer Fleury

    "Nuisances" or "nuances"? Because honestly, both could be applicable. 😉

    • Rafael Irizarry

      Fixed. thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/hspter Hilary Parker

    The CIA is also looking for a data scientist: https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/science-technology/data-scientist.html

    Consider this all part of "positive government trends"