April 7, 2009 at 10:36 pm #69680
I’m a former scientist currently working for the Navy as an information technology specialist. In my previous career I always enjoyed working with NIH institutes. Does anyone know someone I might talk to about how IT is structured at NIH? What sorts of opportunities exist?
Thanks for any information anyone might have.
April 9, 2009 at 12:01 am #69686
Not sure – I think they are structured under the HHS CIO with sub-CIO shops reporting up. Do a search under the Member section of GovLoop and see if you can find anybody with a fit and reach out.
April 10, 2009 at 3:28 am #69684
I believe NIH has a central office for IT called CIT. I think it stands for Center for Information Technology. Also, I think each of the institutes have their own IT divisions as well. I assume they report up to CIT. The CIT offers services not only to programs within NIH but other federal agencies as well. I know that they offer hosting services as well as healthcare IT contracting services through NITAAC. I hope this helps. BTW, have you considered the Public Health Corps as career option. We have several PHS officers who work in IT, myself included. Unfortunately I don’t know any PHS officers working at the CIT right now or I would have connected you with them.
November 25, 2009 at 1:31 pm #69682
David G. CassidyParticipant
Every NIH institute has its own IT operations. Some of these are larger than others — NCI, for example. CIT provides centralized IT services for all of NIH, and offers hosting and other cross-agency services to the institutes.
NITAAC is an NIH acquisitions operation that services agencies across the government, not just NIH. They run contract vehicles such as CIO-SP2i (soon to be CIO-SP3), ECS, and ImageWorld2.
If you want to get involved in IT at the NIH, you should think about what kind of IT you want to be doing, and then address your queries to those institutes (or CIT) as appropriate. So if you are interested in bioinformatics, for example, you might talk to the folks dealing in that areas in NCI, NIBIB, NCRR, and so on.
Hope this helps!
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