Director, Scientific Review Program

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
The successful candidate will be appointed under the Title 42(f) authority at a salary commensurate.
November 08 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Division of Extramural Activities

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader to be the director, Scientific Review Program (SRP), Division of Extramural Activities (DEA). DEA serves the NIAID extramural research community and the Institute through policy oversight, peer review, and the management of grants and contracts including research training, small business, and international awards. DEA staff interact with grantees, institutional officials, contractors, peer reviewers, committee members, applicants, and NIAID and National Institutes of Health (NIH) staff. In addition, DEA works closely with the NIH Office of Extramural Research and other NIH Office of the Director components to coordinate, implement, and develop new extramural policies for research grants and contracts.

The division, which consists of 253 federal and 52 contract employees, supports all extramural and intramural divisions at NIAID. Through SRP, the division conducts initial peer review of contract proposals and grant applications with Institute-specific requirements: program projects, cooperative agreements, training and career development grants, and research and development contracts, as well as responses to requests for applications and requests for proposals. The SRP director oversees peer review activities performed at NIAID and serves as principal advisor to the DEA director in the areas of peer review policies and processes, as well as conflicts of interest. Additional major responsibilities of this position include liaising with representatives of other NIH Institutes, federal and non-federal agencies, international research organizations, professional societies, foundations, and patient advocacy groups; working with the NIAID program divisions to develop funding opportunity announcements; and maintaining a productive work environment meeting equal employment opportunity workplace diversity, staff professional education, and monitoring objectives of NIH.


The position requires an individual with a doctoral degree in the biological sciences; broad knowledge of the scientific areas within the NIAID mission (i.e., microbiology, immunology, infectious diseases); extensive knowledge of the policies and procedures governing biomedical extramural research support; the ability to lead senior staff with expertise in diverse scientific disciplines; and the interpersonal and communication skills required to interact with staff at all levels within NIH; the extramural community; and national and international research, health, and government organizations.


Provide your curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a three-page statement explaining (1) your assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of peer review in maintaining a robust portfolio of research grants and contracts, (2) your reasons for being interested in this position, and (3) the specific leadership skills and experience you would bring to the NIAID scientific review program. In addition, up to three letters of professional reference may be required as the recruitment process progresses. Submit your application package by email to The deadline for receipt of applications is December 7, 2018.

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All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized NIAID officials. The successful candidate will be appointed under the Title 42(f) authority at a salary commensurate with experience. A full package of benefits is also available, including retirement; health, life, and long-term care insurance; annual and sick leave; and a thrift savings plan (401K equivalent).

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HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.

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