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Scientific Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) seeks a Scientific Director with creative vision and strong leadership skills to guide its neuroscience programs in the NINDS Division of Intramural Research.  The successful candidate will oversee a diverse group of approximately 50 independent principal investigators (PIs) conducting research in basic, translational and clinical neuroscience and help chart the future for a vibrant neuroscience research community across NIH Neuroscience. Currently the Scientific Director allocates a $165M annual research budget, in consultation with the NINDS Director and the NINDS Clinical Director, to intramural NINDS laboratories and clinical programs. The Directors are advised by the NINDS Board of Scientific Counselors, a panel comprised of prominent extramural researchers. The Scientific Director recruits new faculty and steers a vibrant training program that includes post-baccalaureate, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.

Physical resources are outstanding, including the recently completed Porter Neuroscience Research Center, which joins together neuroscience PIs from many NIH Institutes and the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest research hospital.  The Scientific Director of NINDS is expected to play a key role in helping to integrate and coordinate the different neuroscience programs across the Porter Neuroscience Center and in shaping the future direction of intramural NIH’s world-class neuroscience research. The Scientific Director will supervise his/her own research laboratory, supported by resources appropriate for the size and scope of his/her program. 


Bethesda, Maryland


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. and an established record of outstanding research accomplishments, scientific leadership and service within the basic and/or clinical neuroscience community.


The NINDS Scientific Director 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.

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 must submit a current curriculum vitae, a complete bibliography and two statements:  his/her vision for intramural neuroscience at NINDS and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each).  Applications should be sent to Susan Amara, Ph.D., Chair, Search Committee, c/o Joanne Pomponio Review of applications will begin on March 27, 2017 and applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled.



This page last reviewed on February 26, 2018

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