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Vacancy Announcement

Director (NIGMS)

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the challenging position of Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The Director, NIGMS, provides leadership, and administers, fosters, and supports research in the basic and general medical sciences and in related natural or behavioral sciences. S/he develops Institute goals, priorities, policies, and program activities, and keeps the Director, NIH, abreast of NIGMS developments, accomplishments, and needs as they relate to the overall mission of the NIH. In exercising his/her responsibilities for program planning, implementation and evaluation, the incumbent works with and seeks the advice of a wide range of groups within the scientific community including investigators, institutions, scientific societies, and relevant commercial organizations. The Director is responsible for managing a high-level, complex organization and serving as the chief visionary for the Institute. S/he actively engages others to create a shared vision of the purpose and direction of the organization and works collaboratively within the Institute, across the NIH, and with external entities to generate, gain commitment for, and accomplish NIGMS goals. The Director must demonstrate a keen awareness of the workings of the public sector and successfully navigate with that environment to promote and reach NIGMS and NIH objectives.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must possess a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable doctorate degree in the health sciences field plus senior-level scientific experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more scientific areas related to general medical sciences research. They should be known and respected, both nationally and internationally, within their profession as individuals of scientific prominence, with a distinguished record of research accomplishments. Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in policy development regarding general medical science research and the ethical, legal, and social implications of such research. They should have demonstrated leadership and broad visionary capabilities in the general sciences research arena with demonstrated ability to engage others to create and execute an organization’s vision; successfully navigate within and collaborate across the public sector to research objectives; and, optimize organizational performance by developing strategic priorities, setting and communicating clearly defined expectations, promoting accountability for results and resolving operational problems and issues. Candidates should have demonstrated management acumen, including identification and management of financial and human resource needs; proven ability to make complex and strategic decisions to optimize resource usage, mitigate risks, and achieving desired results; and, the ability to build, mentor, motivate, and maintain a culturally diverse staff.


Bethesda, MD


The Director, NIGMS, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit a current CV and bibliography electronically to Ms. Regina Reiter at (301- 402-1130).  In addition, applicants must also submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses the qualifications requirements (not to exceed a total of two pages), a vision statement (not to exceed a total of two pages), and provide the names, titles, and telephone numbers of 4-5 references.

Information on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences is located at its website. 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 requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment

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.

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.

Applications will be reviewed starting October 1, 2012

(Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.)

DHHS And NIH Are Equal Opportunity Employers

This page last reviewed on February 12, 2013

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