Ideal Candidate Statements for Health Science Policy Analyst by Divisions

The NIH Office of Science Policy announced nine job openings on February 12, 2024.  Below, please find information on what an ideal candidate for positions in each OSP division look like.  Applications for all position must be received by February 16, 2024.  To apply, please visit:

  • NIH OD-DE-24-12283586
    Applicants without prior Federal service, Federal employees without competitive service status, or those with status.

The ideal candidate for Science Policy Coordination, Collaboration, and Reporting Division has experience working well on teams to identify strategic priorities for an organization. This candidate will have expertise building and maintaining relationships both internal and external to the organization to achieve shared goals. Ideally, this candidate will have experience working with legislative matters, or in public communication, outreach, and engagement efforts. They will be able to pivot between time sensitive and long term priorities, with the ability to prioritize between such items, as needed.

The incumbent of this position serves as a technical resource for science policy, analysis, and development at NIH on issues relevant to the Division and supports NIH implementation of relevant policies, including through direct policy administration and committee coordination. The ideal candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following: human developmental biology, regenerative medicine, and/or biosafety.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in the relevant field and 5+ years’ experience in intellectual property law, innovation policy, technology transactions, translational research, technology development and commercialization, economics, and/or public policy. They will have proven experience working on collaborative, interdisciplinary teams and be comfortable providing expert analysis and research on matters involving biomedical innovation, domestic and international intellectual property topics, patents, licensing, and public-private partnerships. Applicants should be self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic and organizational and time-management skills, have keen attention to detail, and be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously. The candidate should possess strong oral and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate has extensive experience with and knowledge of NIH data sharing policies, including the Data Management and Sharing Policy and the Genomic Data Sharing Policy, as well as NIH policies and practices for controlling access to human research data.  They will also have experience analyzing and presenting information on controlled access policies and procedures, cybersecurity standards (especially FISMA and NIST-800-53 and NIST-800-171 standards), and implications of legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to senior government officials to inform future policies and strategies for protecting research participants while sharing scientific data.  The ideal candidate should also have experience with assessing sharing activities and policies and a working knowledge of NIH AI investments and the AI policy environment for research.

The incumbent in this position will have knowledge of and experience in conducting basic, translational, clinical, or bioethics research with expertise in one or more of the following areas: providing ethical oversight to human subjects research, including in-depth knowledge of the regulatory framework and requirements for its oversight, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) operations, the Common Rule, and FDA regulations; healthcare research policy, health services research, outcomes and effectiveness research, real world data, evidence generation, and/or implementation science; digital health; bioethics research as it pertains to human subjects; or privacy and confidentiality practices, such as Certificates of Confidentiality. The incumbent should have relevant experience in policy analysis, development, and writing. They will also have experience in coordinating and supporting committees or working groups. While not required, the ideal candidate will also have experience providing programmatic oversight for grants, contracts, and/or cooperative agreements and will be eligible to become a contracting officer’s representative.