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Director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative®. The NIH BRAIN Initiative® includes ten NIH Institutes and Centers - National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) - and is co-led by the Directors of NIMH and NINDS. 

The Director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative® will develop and implement a complex, coordinated program designed to meet the goals identified in the NIH BRAIN Initiative® 2025 report. The incumbent will oversee all aspects of this program, which will involve research, training and scientific policy initiatives. In order to succeed, the Director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative® will develop productive relationships with a broad range of NIH BRAIN Initiative® stakeholders.  The Director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative® will be the spokesperson for this program in interactions across NIH, with federal agencies and international partners with similar BRAIN projects, as well as the scientific community, pharma/biotech, patient advocacy groups, and other NIH stakeholders. 

To achieve these goals, the Director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative® will lead a team of NIH staff that includes members from the ten (10) NIH BRAIN Initiative® Institutes and Centers.  This team includes Program Officials, Program Analysts, Scientific Review Officers, Communications Officers, Budget Officers and Policy Analysts.


Bethesda, Maryland (NIH Main Campus)

Required Qualifications

Applicantsmust possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in the biomedical sciences and have senior-level research experience and knowledge of neuroscience research programs.  This individual should be known and respected within the scientific community, with a distinguished record of research accomplishments.  S/he should have demonstrated leadership, organizational skills, and have broad visionary capabilities, with demonstrated ability to navigate successfully within and collaborate across a broad science community that includes both neuroscientists and scientists from diverse fields including engineering, physics, mathematics, bioinformatics, and chemistry.  S/he should have experience developing and setting strategic priorities, as well as communicating and promoting scientific advances, and should have demonstrated skills in managing human and financial resources and budgetary planning.


The Director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative® will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

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 the NIH Ethics Website. We encourage you 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 U.S. 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.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Equality is held as one of the most important values here at NIH.  Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit.  NIH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit a current CV and bibliography electronically to Will Hennings at or by calling (301-402-7227).  In addition, applicants must also submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses the qualifications requirements (not to exceed a total of two pages), a statement of their vision for the BRAIN Initiative (not to exceed a total of two pages), and provide the names, titles, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 4-5 references.

Do Not Include Your Birth Date Or Social Security Number (SSN) On Application Materials.

Due to current hiring restrictions in place, selections will need DHHS approval before a final offer may be extended.  Updates will be provided to help keep you informed throughout the process.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 5, 2018

(Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.)


This page last reviewed on February 26, 2018

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