Scientific Director, NIMHD

NIMHD is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader for the position of Scientific Director of the Division of Intramural Research. Review begins July 1, 2016.


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader for the position of Scientific Director of its Division of Intramural Research (DIR). The mission of NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health, reduce health disparities and promote health equity.

NIMHD DIR will focus on population health with an emphasis on social, behavioral, and clinical research while taking advantage of the robust basic science environment at NIH. The ultimate goal of the intramural research program is to address a wide array of health problems that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic groups as well as other health disparity populations. More specifically, NIMHD seeks to define how the intersection of biological, social, behavioral and environmental health determinants leads to disparities in clinical outcomes and provides insights to better targeted interventions that will reduce health disparities and improve the quality and length of life for all populations. The current program has allocated space and resources, one tenure-track investigator, two staff scientists, two post-docs and two students. The new Scientific Director (SD) will have the opportunity to build the research program with adequate resources.

The SD provides overall executive direction and scientific leadership for the entire intramural research program. He/She reports to the NIMHD Director and is a key member of the NIMHD leadership team. The SD also serves as a spokesperson both nationally and internationally on NIMHD intramural research activities.

Key responsibilities: Key responsibilities of the SD include developing, directing, and coordinating the DIR research areas; developing and implementing new DIR initiatives; overseeing program operations including program planning and evaluation, financial management and administrative supervision; recommending and designing new programs to meet national needs with respect to minority health and health disparities; representing NIMHD intramural interests at meetings of the NIH Board of Scientific Directors, the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities and other NIH committees; and facilitating interactions among NIMHD DIR, other NIH Institutes and Centers, academic institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and the broader research and patient communities.

The SD position is to be filled by a well-established population or clinician scientist with her/his own independent program focused on health disparities and/or minority health. Therefore, as appropriate, resources will be made available to the successful candidate to conduct an independent research program that supports the overall mission of NIMHD and the DIR.

Qualifications: Applicants must have earned a M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree and exhibit exceptional leadership ability in managing research programs focused on minority health and health disparities. The successful candidate will possess the training and experience to lead a multidisciplinary team in the development of scientific discovery and innovation in our understanding of diseases that disproportionately affect the health of racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and rural populations.

Salary/Benefits: The SD will be eligible for a tenured appointment at a salary that is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments. A full federal benefits package is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, annual and sick leave, and Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent). Appropriate resources for this program will be provided. NIH aims to ensure the highest degree of scientific integrity in the research we conduct and fund; therefore all NIH employees are subject to Federal Government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations as described at the NIH Ethics website:

How to Apply: Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Interested individuals should email a 1-2 page cover letter describing research interests and professional accomplishments and curriculum vitae to: Dr. Kevin Gardner, Chair of the NIMHD SD Search Committee via Ms. Krystine McGrath ( Electronic applications are preferred; however you may submit paper applications to 6707 Democracy Boulevard Suite 800 Bethesda, MD 20892. The initial review of applications will begin on or around July 1, 2016, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.