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Vacancy Announcement: Chief, Epidemiology Branch

September 10, 2019

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is recruiting for an outstanding individual to serve as Chief of the Epidemiology Branch in the Prevention and Population Sciences Program (PPSP) of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS).  The next round of applications will be accepted September 16-25, 2019 for a GS-15 level Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator on the USAJOBS website. For physician scientists, the announcement for the next round of applications will be released in November 2019 (exact date to be determined).

The Epidemiology Branch in DCVS supports, designs, and conducts research and supports training in cardiovascular epidemiology, as well as provides expertise in other disease areas in NHLBI’s purview, including lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders.  Studies are conducted to identify temporal trends and population patterns in the prevalence, incidence, morbidity, and mortality from these diseases and include single- and multi-center observational epidemiology studies of the development, progression, and treatment of HLBS disorders.  Studies identify environmental, lifestyle, physiological, and genetic risk factors for disease and risk factor development, including characterization of gene/gene and gene/environment interactions.

The Epidemiology Branch:

  • Is home to 9 contract funded, population-based, epidemiological cohort programs each supporting a large number of independently funded research projects that rely upon the cohort study’s infrastructure. These include: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), the Hispanic Community Health Study – Study of Latinos (HCHS-SOL), the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), the Strong Heart Study (SHS), and the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)
  • Is responsible for the oversight of 2 large cohort studies funded by cooperative agreements: the recently awarded Risk Underlying Rural Areas Longitudinal study (RURAL), and Lifecourse – an infrastructure award supporting Nurse’s Health Study 2, Nurse’s Health Study 3, and the Growing Up Today Study (GUTS)
  • Manages the Data Repository component of BioLINCC with data from more than 1 million participants in over 200 clinical research studies.
  • Oversees several genomics programs and projects, including managing the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) program with over 155,000 whole genome sequences in diverse populations
  • Provides leadership in the widely cited AHA Statistical update and other statistical updates to the NHLBI
  • Provides leadership for NHLBI’s participation in NHANES and the Mortality Disparities in American Communities (MDAC) Study
  • Provides leadership for the trans-NIH Combined Cohort Study, formerly known as the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) and the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)
  • Has a grant portfolio of over 100 training grants and well over 200 research project awards spanning a broad spectrum of projects from Genetics to Omics to Women’s Health to specific populations such as South Asians in America.

The Branch Chief requires the experience and expertise to provide research leadership in cardiovascular epidemiology, and the necessary management skills to lead the scientific and administrative staff in the Branch.

If interested or for questions about this position, please contact Gina Wei, M.D., M.P.H., at


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