Deputy Director for the Division of Cancer Biology (DCB)

THE POSITION: The NCI is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader to serve as its Deputy Director for the Division of Cancer Biology (DCB). This position reports directly to the Director, DCB. The DCB supports basic research in all areas of cancer biology at academic institutions and research foundations across the United States. DCB provides funding for research that investigates the basic biology behind cancer. Research in the field of basic cancer biology focuses on the mechanisms that underlie fundamental processes such as cell growth, the transformation of normal cells to cancer cells, and the spread, or metastasis, of cancer cells. This research provides the building blocks to new treatments, clinical trials, and improved understanding of the disease. Basic research has enabled much of the progress made over the years in the search for a cure for cancer. For more information on DCB, go to

The Deputy Director collaborates with the Director in exercising responsibility for: (1) providing scientific expertise in support of the research; (2) scientific planning, resource, partnership and management of operational administration for the division; (3) oversight of all the division’s grants and cooperative agreement research activities amounting to over 2000 grants and $800 million annually; and (4) working with and advising senior leadership on the development and implementation of long-range strategic, scientific, facility and business plans for the division. Supported research includes investigations of basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer and studies on the role of biological, hormonal, chemical, and physical agents in the initiation and promotion of cancer.

LOCATION: Montgomery County, Maryland

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must possess a doctoral level degree (M.D. or Ph.D.) in biology or a relevant scientific discipline and have extensive training and experience in cancer biology research. The candidate must be able to manage a national and international basic cancer research program that spans the spectrum from basic through translational research in cancer biology and etiology. The candidate must be an experienced scientist in complex basic cancer research (i.e., basic cancer biology focusing on the mechanisms that underlie fundamental processes such as cell growth, the transformation of normal cells to cancer cells, and the spread, or metastasis, of cancer cells) with a record of outstanding performance and accomplishment. In addition, the candidate must be an experienced manager responsible for supervising scientific and administrative staff, overseeing complex federal research grants and cooperative agreements, collaborating and enhancing partnerships in the cancer research community, and knowledge of state-of-the-art technologist in cancer research.  This position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate not-to-exceed $248,000. 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 may be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: 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.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and three references letters. In addition, applicants must prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each).  Submit your application and statement to

Applications will be accepted from 10/1/2020 to 10/30/2020. 

You may contact Kelly Barch with questions and for more information about this vacancy at  





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