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Vacancy Announcement

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Division of Neuroscience (NINDS)

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) seeks a Director to lead its extramural Division of Neuroscience. The Director of the Division of Neuroscience will be responsible for planning and directing a program of extramural and collaborative research in neuroscience, guiding NINDS's largest research portfolio and charting the future of a vibrant, growing neuroscience research community. The Division of Neuroscience has a flat organizational structure and includes twenty-nine Program Directors and seventeen Analysts assigned to six specific scientific clusters in basic neuroscience and neurobiology of disease including Neurogenetics, Channels, Synapses and Circuits, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience, Repair and Plasticity, Neurodegeneration, and Neural Environment Clusters PDF Icon. The scientific fields promoted through these clusters include, but are not limited to, neurogenetics and developmental research, computational neuroscience, stroke, traumatic injury to the brain and nervous system, neurodegenerative disorders, movement disorders, brain tumors, development of prosthetic devices, rehabilitation, epilepsy and epileptogenesis, neurodegeneration, pain, pediatric neurology, infectious and immune disorders of the brain and nervous system, and disorders related to sleep mechanisms. The Director will be responsible for coordinating NINDS research within the Division and with the other extramural science Divisions - the Division of Translational Research, the Division of Clinical Research and the Division of Extramural Activities. The Director will also be responsible for coordinating NINDSís neuroscience collaborations across multiple NIH Institutes and Centers and with other Federal and private partners. The Director will be a primary advisor to the NINDS Director and will report to the NINDS Director.

The Director of the Division of Neuroscience will lead a group of approximately 60 professional staff.  The research portfolio of the Division of Neuroscience includes an annual budget of over $1 billion dollars in grants and over $30 million in R&D contracts.


Bethesda, Maryland


Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or M.D., and have senior-level research experience, knowledge of neuroscience research programs and strong abilities to lead the development and execution of collaborative work.  This individual should be known and respected within the neuroscience community. S/he should have demonstrated leadership, organizational skills, and have broad visionary capabilities, with demonstrated ability to collaborate with researchers and other stakeholders in the science community. 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, Division of Neuroscience for NINDS 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.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment and a full package of federal benefits will be provided.

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 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 Accommodation

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 should submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, full contact details for three (3) references, and prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit each statement to two pages) to Joanne Pomponio Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017 and applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled. You may contact David Shurtleff, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, with questions and for more information about this vacancy at or (301) 435-0891.


DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

This page last reviewed on February 26, 2018

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