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Current Job Opportunities

Scientific Director, Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation

NCATS seeks to identify an outstanding Scientific Director (SD) to lead its Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation (DPI) in Rockville, Maryland. DPI encompasses all aspects of translational science from target validation through first-in-human clinical studies. DPI has both technology development components and collaborative resource access programs, covering small molecule and RNAi screening technologies and informatics, to translational efforts in biology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) and project management. The DPI Scientific Director has the responsibility for an annual budget exceeding $55 million and a staff of approximately 110.

The DPI SD is a key member of the NCATS leadership team and works closely with the Center director and heads of other NCATS divisions. The SD provides scientific and administrative leadership of DPI; oversees recruitment and professional development of staff; develops and implements new DPI initiatives; and catalyzes interactions among DPI’s research groups, and between DPI and the other NCATS divisions, other NIH Institutes and Centers, academic institutions, regulatory agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and the broader research and patient communities. S/he is responsible for creating and maintaining a nurturing research environment that encourages creativity, collaboration among scientists from different disciplines and organizations, effective training of students and postdoctoral fellows, and efficient utilization of resources. Finally, the SD serves as a frequent spokesperson for NCATS and translational research.

Applicants must possess a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) in the biomedical sciences, as well as a record of accomplishment in academic and biopharmaceutical preclinical translation with demonstrated experience leading multidisciplinary research groups in technology and therapeutic/diagnostic/intervention development. Candidates should be internationally recognized and highly accomplished in all aspects of pre-clinical translation, with a particular interest and accomplishment in technology and paradigm development. Applicants also must have expertise and accomplishment in multiple aspects of pre-clinical translation from target validation through early development of therapeutics and/or diagnostics to proof-of-concept in humans, and broad and first-hand knowledge of the field of rare disease therapeutic development, including both small molecule and biologic approaches. Experience developing and teaching educational materials in pre-clinical translation is a strong plus.

Finally, the applicant must have demonstrated experience in directing and managing a large and scientifically diverse research program, with well-honed administrative and interpersonal skills to meet the demands of both research and program direction, and the ability to influence, inspire and empower scientists and administrative staff to be creative, self-motivated, entrepreneurial achievers who deliver on the mission of the organization through individual and collaborative initiatives.

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with candidate’s experience. A full federal benefit package is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, annual and sick leave, and the Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). Appropriate support for this program will be provided. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) 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:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that includes a brief description of research and administrative experience, current curriculum vitae and bibliography, names and contact information of five references, and a 1-2 page written vision statement for leading the DPI. Please submit the requested application materials and direct any questions related to this position to All information provided by each candidate will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NCATS search process without a signed release from the candidate.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 16, 2015, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Posted Jan. 5, 2015.

Head, National Institutes of Health Stem Cell Technology Facility

The Head of the NIH Stem Cell Technology Facility (STCF) will establish and direct the facility as an intramural program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The STCF is part of a new phase of the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine, an NIH Common Fund program.

Each applicant must possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field and be a recognized expert and accomplished leader in the field of stem cell biology. S/he must have a strong track record in generating and working with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), embryonic stem cells, and/or adult stem cells, investigating their biology, differentiation to distinct cell types, screening using small molecules or other modalities, and potential iPSC therapeutic applications.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. A full package of benefits, including retirement, health, life, long-term care insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan, is available.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested individuals should send a CV with bibliography, a vision statement for directing the STCF, and the names of up to five references to

View the complete Job Description.

Posted Jan. 15, 2015.

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