Director, Division of Construction and Instruments

Job Summary

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), within the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) in the Office of the Director, NIH, is seeking an exceptional candidate to lead and manage the scientific programs in ORIP’s Division of Construction and Instrumentation (DCI). This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate to lead and manage the DCI scientific research programs.  The DCI Director assesses the scientific status and future opportunities in shared instrumentation grants and NIH construction awards, including the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) construction grants.  In this role, the candidate will coordinate scientific research programs within the NIH relating to collaborative and shared activities which include most of the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. 

The DCI Director plans, implements, and evaluates highly visible and highly impactful programs that support critical extramural biomedical research infrastructure needs; fosters both inventive discoveries and supports cutting-edge technologies; plans, implements, and evaluates programs that allow extramural investigators to test new models or new applications of technologies; provides outreach to scientific and lay communities about DCI and ORIP programs and their deliverables; establishes and maintains a close working relationship with communications to assure sufficient outreach to the scientific community and the public; and plans, implements, and evaluates a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that build on DCI’s and ORIP’s scientific focus of extramural activities. The annual budget of DCI is between $125M to $160M, depending on the annual construction appropriation. The DCI is staffed by seven professionals, five of whom are program directors.

This Title 42 position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a scientific leader to execute and manage the daily operations in support of the ORIP strategic vision and mission.  In this role, the successful candidate will lead the NIH effort to continue the development of extramural access to state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation including the 40-year old Shared Instrumentation Grants and High-End grants programs, which covers the planning for and assessment of progress of all extramural programs.  You will also direct and oversee the unique extramural construction program for both NIH and OAR as well as for special situations under congressional appropriation.  Construction projects support target institutions across the Nation and includes all level of resourced organizations.  

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Required Qualifications

U.S. citizenship is required. Applicants must: (1)  possess a M.D, Ph.D. or equivalent  clinical or doctoral degree in an academic field of health or pertinent sciences including senior-level scientific experience in research technologies and instrumentation; (2) demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the advanced principles, theories, policies, and practices applicable to instrumentation for biomedical research and construction of biomedical research facilities; (3) possess outstanding interpersonal skills; (4) have the ability to provide innovative scientific and visionary management leadership in planning, conducting, and evaluating the effective use of biomedical instrumentation and constructed facilities in highly resourced and under resourced institutions; (5) have the ability to be an effective member of the senior ORIP and DPCPSI leadership team involved in developing and evaluating strategic plans; (6) have the ability to work effectively with their counterpart in other NIH units, including staff in the Office of the Director, NIH’s Institutes and Centers, including the Center for Scientific Review; (7) have outstanding skills to lead staff and communicate with diverse audiences; (8) is flexible in responding to multiple and rapidly emerging issues; (9) has demonstrated expertise in supervision and management of a broad and complex biomedical research program in instrumentation and construction; and (10) have a strong commitment to ensuring a diverse workforce based on NIH’s principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA).  

Applicants must possess the supervisory, management, interpersonal, and communication skills required to interact effectively with NIH staff, representatives of academia, private industry, other NIH Institutes and Centers, the media, and the public. The successful candidate must  also have a full understanding of the procedures and policies related to the solicitation review, award, and management of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts at NIH as well as the ability to serve as an authority on the development, implementation, management, and analysis of DPCPSI’s complex annual operating and program budget with multiple funding categories. In lieu of this requirement, the applicant should have analogous experience and skill set in a comparable organization.


The Director, DCI will be appointed at a salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

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 applicants 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. NIH 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.