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Deputy Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences

THE POSITION: The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director. The Deputy Director is a vital part of the NIGMS leadership team, serving as the second-in-command for the Institute and principal advisor to the Director, NIGMS.

The mission of NIGMS is to support research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. NIGMS achieves its mission through grants to scientists at universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country for the support of basic biomedical research and, on occasion, more applied research and development, including broad multi-disciplinary research programs and institutional and individual research training awards. In addition, NIGMS supports programs that foster research training and the development of a highly trained and diverse biomedical and behavioral research workforce. NIGMS has an annual budget of approximately $2.3 billion and a staff of approximately 185 employees.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to execute and manage the daily operations of the Institute in support of NIGMS’s strategic vision and mission. He/she provides expert advice and counsel to the Director, NIGMS, on the development of and opportunities for national research and research capacity building; on the development and coordination of agreements, both within the HHS/NIH and nationwide; and on the Institute’s national research and training initiatives. The Deputy Director works collaboratively across the NIH, throughout the Federal government, and with scientific professional organizations, advocacy groups, and Congressional offices to further the advancement of NIGMS’s mission and objectives. He/she serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Institute, communicating NIGMS’s programs and priorities and incorporating the views/needs of key stakeholders into Institute plans and initiatives. The Deputy Director also serves as a role model to the rest of the Institute, managing people and financial resources with integrity and fairness, while maintaining the Institute’s policies and priorities.

Required Qualifications

NIGMS seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D. and possess senior-level scientific research experience and outstanding scientific knowledge of research programs in one or more scientific areas related to cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical technology, bioinformatics, and/or computational biology. They should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific competence. Applicants must also have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing program objectives and priorities. They should have the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources, lead a research program involving extensive internal and external collaborations and experience managing programs related to the creation of a highly skilled and diverse biomedical research workforce.


Bethesda, MD


The Deputy Director, NIGMS, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience, and a full Federal benefits package is available including: leave, health and life insurance, retirement, long term care insurance, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT:  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  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. We 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 ACCOMODATION:  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.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, copy of degree, bibliography, and full contact details for five references. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each). Send application package to Ms. Mariela Light at


DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

This page last reviewed on June 19, 2014

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