April 15, 2019
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Are you a top-level Scientific Researcher or Scientific Administrator seeking a career at one of the preeminent biomedical research institutes in the nation and world? The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a major component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Extramural Research (DER). The mission of the NIAMS is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. The DER Director position offers an exciting opportunity for scientific and managerial leadership in developing and implementing extramural research programs in support of the NIAMS mission.

The DER Director works collaboratively across NIH, throughout the federal government, and with other key stakeholders and organizations to further the advancement of NIAMS’ mission and objectives. He/she serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Institute, communicating NIAMS’ positions and incorporating the views and needs of key stakeholders into the Institute’s plans and initiatives. The DER Director facilitates the identification and development of future leaders through mentoring programs, continuous development of skills and expertise, and recognition of achievements. The DER Director also serves as a role model to the rest of the Institute, managing people and financial resources with integrity and fairness, while maintaining the Institute’s policies and priorities.

The DER Director reports to the NIAMS Director and will serve as a member of the NIAMS senior leadership team. The candidate must have a remarkably broad range of skills and experience and superior managerial and financial management qualifications in order to effectively lead a Division that has responsibility for providing leadership and advice in developing, implementing, and coordinating extramural research programs and policies.

The incumbent is responsible for:

  • Leading the scientific management of the largest Federal investment on arthritis, musculoskeletal, and skin diseases research conducted in academic institutions around the country.
  • Collaborating with the NIAMS Director, Deputy Director, Associate Director for Management and Operations, Scientific Director, Clinical Director, and other senior level officials to coordinate extramural research programs and activities with overall Institute objectives and needs.
  • Leading the identification of current scientific needs and opportunities to advance the understanding, treatment, and prevention of all diseases within the purview of the NIAMS.
  • Leading the Institute’s scientific and financial analysis of current investments, making recommendations to promote promising areas of scientific research, and developing innovative programs to advance the mission of the NIAMS.
  • Analyzing, evaluating, and re-evaluating the content and substance of the biomedical scientific fields of interest to the Institute, reviewing progress being made through the grants and contracts mechanisms, making decisions to discard less fruitful approaches, and intensifying efforts in more promising areas.
  • Promoting the most effective and efficient operation of research project activities based on scientific knowledge of state-of-the-art research technology.
  • Making recommendations on resource allocation and funding decisions to the NIAMS Director to assure quality of research in seeking resolutions to the major public health issues under the purview of the Institute.
  • Supervising program directors, program analysts and technical support personnel. Responsible for supervision of any other staff as may be deemed necessary to establish and foster the development of outstanding research programs in appropriate fields, including genetics, epidemiological and molecular studies.
  • Overseeing the development, standardization, implementation and execution of policies, procedures and standards of conduct for the research to ensure that all DER research is conducted in full compliance with all applicable regulations and policies and meets established standards of quality, integrity and ethics.
  • Evaluating cases of potential scientific misconduct for referral to the NIH Office of Extramural Research and HHS Office of Research Integrity.
  • Identifying and facilitating the transfer of research results to the scientific community.
  • Coordinating program efforts with other NIH Institutes and Centers as well as other Federal entities and providing scientific expertise to trans-NIH and Federal committees.
  • Developing proactive methods for external coalitions to create a sense of community within the NIAMS and the scientific community in matters related to arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases.
  • Mastery of NIH missions, objectives, goals and interrelationships to integrate these requirements with assigned activities resulting in a balanced effort by the Institute.


Applicants must possess an M.D., a Ph.D., or an equivalent degree in a biomedical or related field. Applicants must have excellent knowledge of the research, advanced principles, theories and practices applicable to arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases. It is critical that the candidate is well versed in research methods, policies and practices related to grants administration. Applicants must be able to serve as a spokesperson for NIAMS research to science and health professionals and the general public. He/she must have proven experience in directing and managing a comprehensive scientific extramural research program with the requisite administrative and interpersonal skills to meet the demands of program direction. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments.


Bethesda, MD

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and full contact details for three references. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each).

Applicants should send an email with attachments to: NIAMSsearch@mail.nih.gov

Please contact Amita Patel- apatel@mail.nih.gov for more information about the position or if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Applications will be accepted beginning on April 15, 2019.

The closing date for accepting applications is May 30, 2019.

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or membership/non-membership in an employee organization.

The HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure:

The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at the NIH Ethics page at: https://ethics.od.nih.gov. We encourage you to review this information. The incumbent will be asked to complete a draft Public Financial Disclosure report as part of a pre-employment ethics clearance. The report will be used to identify any possible conflicts so they can be resolved in a satisfactory manner.

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