The National Institutes of Health relies on Kelly® for top scientific expertise.

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The challenge:

Finding similar talent across the NIH organization.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the premier government agency for medical and scientific research. It includes 27 institutes and centers that operate across locations with limited talent like Baltimore, Bethesda, and North Carolina, where competition for scientific and clinical experts is already high among both private industry and academia. In roles for Bioinformatic Scientists, each of the institutes has very specific needs for niche programming and bioinformatics skills.

The solution:

Recruiters who know the science behind federal IT.

Kelly Government Solutions (KGS) is specialized to focus on the federal workforce. Their scientific recruiters were able to combine the science needs with the IT needs in an effort to identify top talent with the diverse experiences needed by each institute. The team steadily built local networks using key recruiting resources like colleges and universities, alumni associations, networking events, and employee referrals. They attracted candidates on the value of the unique experience to be gained at NIH, and how the long-term roles provide more stability when compared to the industrial or academic world.

The value:

Expertise for hard-to-find talent in challenging areas.

Kelly has received and responded to 20 orders for Bioinformatic Scientists from 7 institutes in the past year on its current vendor neutral contract, including from NCATS, NCI, NHGRI, NIA, NICHD, NIDDK, and NIEHS. KGS was awarded 8 of the orders, covering all the most challenging NIH geographic areas—a credit to the team’s proven ability to coordinate searches for similar hard-to-find talent in scientific, clinical, and technical roles across the entire NIH organization. It helps that all our scientific recruiters have a scientific background, each with an average 9+ years of experience in science-related industries, and more than 66% possess multiple or advanced degrees themselves.

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