Deputy Director

Job Summary

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s medical research agency----conducting and funding essential research that leads to medical discoveries that improve health and save lives.  

Are you passionate about advancing biomedical research to help Americans live longer, healthier lives? Do you want to take a leading role in creating scientific policy that will enable the next generation of biomedical research to proceed safely and ethically? If the answers to these questions are yes, then the NIH might be the right place for you to continue your career. 

The NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) is seeking an expert candidate to be its next Deputy Director. OSP is the agency’s central policy office and is responsible for advising the NIH Director on the development of new research policies and programs that will enable the safe conduct of basic, clinical, and translational research. In addition, OSP plays a key role as the NIH lead for policy negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), its operating divisions, as well as other federal agencies. OSP also lends its expertise to assist in the development of the NIH’s legislative, budget, and strategic planning activities. 

OSP is seeking an energetic, dedicated, policy expert to be its next Deputy Director. In this role, the incumbent will oversee all elements of policy development, analysis, and evaluation conducted by OSP’s five operating divisions.   These divisions focus on topics such as biosafety, biosecurity, emerging biotechnologies, scientific data sharing, clinical research, bioethics, innovation and more.

This position, in combination with the Associate Director for Science Policy, will provide executive level leadership of an office with an operating budget of $12M containing almost 70 employees.  The incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring that OSP has robust procedures in place that ensures that OSP promotes a thriving, diverse, intellectually stimulating workforce for the present and the future. 

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline related to biomedical research. The candidate should also be recognized as an expert in their field as evidenced by a publication history or other documented accomplishment. Managerial experience, as well as previous experience mentoring scientific staff is required.   The successful candidate will also possess excellent interpersonal skills in order to fully collaborate with academic, industry, and government partners.


Appointment will be made at a salary level commensurate with experience and accomplishments.  Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) are provided. 

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.