Director, Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

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Job Summary

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  Information about GMCDB is available at

The Division Director plans and directs a program of research grants, analyzes national research efforts related to the scientific areas supported by the Division, and makes recommendations to assist the NIGMS Director and the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council or other advisory committees or groups. The Director identifies the research needs in the areas of genetics and molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and advises other government agencies, universities and research institutes, and professional and lay organizations about research opportunities, needs, and requirements. The GMCDB Division Director also works with other Institute components to advance NIGMS’ mission, including through support of its training, workforce development, and diversity and research capacity building goals. 

This position offers important opportunities to set scientific priorities, lead change and improve the research enterprise.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the position.  The ideal candidate will have considerable research and/or research administration experience and knowledge related to the NIGMS mission.  In addition, candidates should possess recognized research management and leadership abilities. The position will be filled under a Title 42 (f) excepted service appointment.


Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.  A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of Federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and financial disclosure requirements.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

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 Website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Foreign Education

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Reasonable Accommodation

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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