Job Opportunity: Deputy Director, NIH Office of Extramural Research

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, the world’s largest medical research facility and an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeks applications from exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director, Office of Extramural Research (OER), Office of the Director (OD).

This position reports to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research/Director (DDER), OER and will coordinate activities across NIH, among other federal agencies and external organizations.

Leadership Responsibilities: On behalf of the DDER, the Deputy Director for the OER (DDOER) is responsible for the oversight and management of highly complex, cross-cutting, and sensitive assignments that include:

  • leading and serving on trans-NIH activities to formulate, implement, and evaluate relevant extramural programs, policies, procedures, and priorities;
  • representing the NIH on government-wide committees, task forces, and working groups;
  • developing plans for future initiatives and preparing and/or presenting position papers on extramural issues of broad impact;
  • directly engaging in legislative issues including actual testimony and preparing legislative testimony for use by the NIH;
  • collaborating with other OD offices to address scientific and policy issues that affect extramural grantees; and
  • serving as the Agency Extramural Research Integrity Officer.






Additional Responsibilities: The DDOER serves as the second authority for the OER and directs the OER Office of Communications Analysis and Planning. In this role, the DDOER allocates budgets and provides supervisory oversight for 28 staff.


Candidates must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in a health or allied sciences field relevant to the position. This position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment. An integral function of this position is bringing the appropriate individuals from across the NIH to coalesce around critical matters requiring immediate response, with the flexibility to move quickly from one issue to another with independence and authority. As such, the position requires professional interaction with the extramural scientific community. In addition, the DDOER must possess the ability to gain support of constituents that often may have competing interests, both internal and external to the NIH, on key public health policy issues. This is a highly visible position with significant impact on the NIH extramural community.

Location:  Bethesda, MD 


Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of Federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and full contact details for three 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 by email to or via mail to:

Tamla Ransford
National Institutes of Health
Office of Extramural Research
6705 Rockledge Drive
MSC 7986
Suite 5016, Room 5110
Bethesda, MD 20892 (or 20817 for overnight delivery services)

For additional information about this vacancy, contact Tamla Ransford at 301-451-7784. OER will begin accepting applications on December 4, 2015 and plans to have the position open for 30 days. To learn more information about the OER, please visit