Newly Advertised Scientific Director Division of Intramural Research Programs, NIMH (deadline: November 1)

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The National Institute of Mental Health, a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP). The Scientific Director, DIRP will lead and manage a vibrant basic, behavioral and clinical research program with a budget of approximately $170 million and a staff of over 800, including 49 principal investigators and over 300 pre/post doctoral and visiting fellows ( Assisted by a Board of Scientific Counselors, an external advisory group that undertakes rigorous reviews of the NIMH intramural research programs, the Scientific Director is responsible for the scientific vitality and rigor of a basic and clinical research program that ultimately is in the service of the Institute’s mission to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure. This encompasses the recruitment of new faculty, the expansion of the Division and some of its programs into a new, state-of-the-art research facility on the NIH’s Bethesda, Maryland campus, and the management of scientific resources including an extensive network of core services facilities, such as an fMRI Facility, a Transgenic Mouse Facility, and a Scientific and Statistical Computing Core, to name a few. It also includes working with other neuroscience Scientific Directors at NIH to develop trans-NIH initiatives. Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree in the biomedical or biobehavioral sciences, with broad senior-level experience in direct leadership and administration of a complex scientific research program. Applicants should be individuals of scientific stature who can command respect among the finest researchers and lead by example, and should also possess a reputation for mentoring young investigators and being a generative leader. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Support and resources are also available to allow the Scientific Director to lead his/her own research laboratory. Experience with NIH administrative policies, procedures, and operations is highly desirable but not essential. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, including a brief description of research and administrative experience, and a curriculum vitae and bibliography to: Chair, NIMH Scientific Director Search Committee at or at 6001 Executive Blvd, Room 8235, MSC 9669 Bethesda, MD 20892-9669 (for express or courier delivery use Rockville, MD 20852). Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2011, but applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled. For questions contact Dr. Thomas Insel, Director, NIMH at The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.