Scientific Director

Job Summary

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) seeks a Scientific Director with creative scientific vision, strong mentorship skills, and outstanding leadership skills to guide its intramural programs.  The Scientific Director will lead the NIAAA intramural programs in collaboration with the NIAAA Clinical Director.  Currently the Scientific Director allocates an approximately $57 million annual budget, in consultation with the NIAAA Director and the NIAAA Clinical Director, to intramural NIAAA laboratories and clinical programs in the NIH Clinical Center.  The successful candidate will oversee a diverse group of 245 staff and fellows in conducting research in basic, translational, and clinical science and help chart the future for a vibrant NIH scientific community.  The Scientific Director is advised by the NIAAA Board of Scientific Counselors, a panel comprising prominent extramural researchers.  The Scientific Director reports to and advises the NIAAA Director on relevant NIAAA policies.  The Scientific Director recruits and mentors new faculty and steers a vibrant training program that includes post-doctoral, pre-doctoral and post-baccalaureate researchers.  Most importantly, the Scientific Director, with the investigator community, charts the future direction of NIAAA’s intramural world-class research program with the aim of fulfilling the overall mission of NIAAA “to generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the effects of alcohol on health and well-being, and apply that knowledge to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorder, across the lifespan.”

Required Qualifications

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree and an established record of outstanding research accomplishments, scientific leadership, mentorship, and service within the basic and/or clinical scientific community.  The Scientific Director may supervise their own research laboratory, supported by resources commensurate with the size and scope of their program.  

Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.  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).  A recruitment and/or relocation incentive may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.
 

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 Program 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 United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services 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 accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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