The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, the world’s premiere biomedical research institution, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for the exciting position of Director, Center for Scientific Review (CSR). CSR’s mission is to see that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely reviews, free from inappropriate influences, so NIH can fund the most promising research. The Center is committed to ensuring a smooth interface between program goals of NIH’s Institutes and Centers and CSR review policies and procedures.
The Director reports to the NIH Director, serves as a principal advisor, and participates in discussions relative to the development of major policy decisions affecting the research grant and review programs and provides advice and consultation to NIH components, advisory councils and grantee institutions; directs the search for the most qualified and representative individuals to serve as members of initial review groups; and assures that effective administrative procedures are established so that program operations and obligations of government funds and other resources are rendered consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements and within limitations imposed by DHHS and Executive Branch policies. The Director works closely with the CSR Advisory Committee and the Deputy Director for Extramural Research to assess broad policy issues related to the scientific review of research grants. The CSR Director manages an annual budget of approximately $130 million and a staff of approximately 525 (425 FTEs and 100 on-site contractors).
NIH seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in the health sciences field, plus senior-level scientific experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more health science areas. Applicants should be known and respected within their profession as individuals of scientific prominence, with a distinguished record of research accomplishments and expertise in policy development regarding grant review. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership and broad vision in the grant arena involving dealings with outside groups; serving as spokesperson; planning, program assessment, and analysis of program objectives; resolution of operational problems and issues; and the ability to manage financial and human resources including building, motivating, and maintaining a culturally diverse staff. The selected individual must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.