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Director, Office of Biomedical Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Office of Extramural Research (OER), Office of the Director, NIH

As the principal health research agency of the Federal Government, NIH is a large complex organization with an annual budget of nearly 37.3 billion dollars, of which over 80% is awarded to over 2,500 research institutions. The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides the corporate framework for NIH research administration, ensuring scientific integrity, public accountability, and effective stewardship of the NIH extramural research portfolio. Located in OER, the Office of Biomedical Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OBEI) is charged with deriving the greatest possible benefit from the NIH basic science and clinical research investment through developing policy, providing business and entrepreneurial training and resources, and developing programs for accelerating the translation of research discoveries and innovations into new diagnostics, devices, therapeutics, and tools -- thus,  enhancing the return on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) investment. The OBEI houses programs that involve partnerships with government agencies and private-sector organizations, and focuses on expanding NIH outreach to non-traditional constituencies, such as angel investors, venture capitalists, technology transfer organizations, and state economic development agencies.

The OBEI Director exercises broad influence regarding highly complex scientific program and policy issues and provides authoritative leadership such as the following:

  • is responsible for managing the over $1Billion SBIR-STTR set aside program, sets priorities, interprets and establishes effective policies and procedures to facilitate implementation of the SBIR-STTR program;
  • directs mission-critical science administration functions including scientific program management and oversight of the SBIR-STTR program, leads policy development, and coordinates activities to optimize SBIR/STTR reviews;
  • develops educational resources in business development, regulatory planning, and other entrepreneurial areas for the small business and academic communities; leads outreach and educational efforts focused on women and minority-owned small businesses;
  • leads data access and resource integration efforts to ensure that the extramural research community has access to NIH research infrastructure, datasets, training, and other resources;
  • develops and leverages trans-NIH programs and collaborations and public-private partnerships.


Bethesda, Maryland

Required Qualifications

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, substantial multidisciplinary scientific expertise in biomedical research and translational technology development, expertise in commercializing a biomedical technology (e.g. therapeutic, diagnostic, device), and be an accomplished visionary and facilitator, experienced in developing strategic partnerships and collaborations and devising successful large-scale projects that involve federal agencies and private organizations.


The position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment. Salary is commensurate with the experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

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 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 United States. 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.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography (if not included in your curriculum vitae), and a photocopy of their doctoral degree.  In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a cover letter/narrative statement (no more than two pages) that addresses the required qualifications and interest in the position, and to provide contact details for three references. Application packages must be submitted to: Marianna Mertts, Ph.D. at All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials of NIH.


APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 P.M. EST on January 24, 2019.



This page last reviewed on December 19, 2018

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