Tenure Track investigator in the Department of Bioethics (DBE)

This announcement has been amended to add the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to the conditions of employment.

This position is subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment.

Job Summary

The Department of Bioethics (DBE), Clinical Center (CC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites candidates with strong research credentials to apply for the position of Tenure Track investigator in the Department of Bioethics (DBE) at the NIH Clinical Center (CC), Bethesda, MD. The candidate is expected to conduct original bioethics research and establish an independent research program with a focus on ethics and health disparities to add a new significant and timely dimension to the Department’s research portfolio that currently focuses on the Ethics of Research, Ethics of Genetics and Emerging Technologies, Clinical Ethics, and Ethics and Health Policy. Disparities in health and access to health are widespread, have serious consequences to individuals and public health, and often result from social and structural inequities.

The incumbent will become part of an interdisciplinary group of bioethics scholars (including clinical, legal, philosophical, social science, and scientific scholars) committed to interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration – across NIH Institutes and Centers and beyond. The incumbent will have the opportunity to formally collaborate with the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

The incumbent will contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of high quality educational and training programs for bioethics fellows and students as well as for the NIH community of investigators, research staff, clinicians, and administrative and program staff, and be an active participant in the Bioethics Consultation Service. The incumbent will serve as an advisor to the Chief, Department of Bioethics, the NIH Clinical Center Director, NIH Institute and Center leadership, and others on bioethical issues through consultation, participation in institutional review boards, and participation on the NIH committees and task forces.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must possess a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M. or equivalent degree in a biomedical, behavioral, or related science. The applicant should have a record of successful scholarship in ethics and health disparities due to social and structural determinants of health such as race, ethnicity, gender, disability, or other factors, and have ideas for embedding and expanding this research portfolio in the NIH intramural program. The position will be supported with independent resources commensurate with experience and programmatic needs.

Vaccination Mandate

In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to exceptions that may be required by law. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before your entrance on duty if you are selected after the compliance date. Your HR Consultant will provide a list of documents acceptable as proof of vaccination and instructions for how to submit a request for a legally required exception, if needed, to comply with vaccination requirement.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with research experience and accomplishments, and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and a Thrift Savings Plan) is available. This position is not restricted to U.S. citizens. This position is subject to a background investigation.

Expanded/Maximum Telework Posture

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture.  If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice to do so, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency.

Foreign Education

This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Learn more about Foreign Education.

Reasonable Accommodation

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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