Director, Radiation and Nuclear Countermeasures Research Program

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Bethesda, Maryland
Salary commensurate with experience
December 19 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Manager, Other

Director, Radiation and Nuclear Countermeasures Research Program

Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation

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), one of the largest Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking an exceptional and motivated leader to serve as the director for the Radiation and Nuclear Countermeasures Program (RNCP) in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation. Within NIH, NIAID is the lead Institute for the development of medical countermeasures to mitigate/treat radiation injuries. NIAID is committed to improving the understanding of the mechanisms of radiation injury and accelerating the discovery, advancement, testing, and licensure of promising medical countermeasures.

The RNCP director is responsible for providing a broad range of scientific leadership, management, and guidance for the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of research on radiation/nuclear medical countermeasures. The director leads a robust extramural research program that includes basic and translational research, radiation biodosimetry, and a focused infrastructure resource for product development. The director also oversees a dedicated group of professional staff and manages an annual RNCP research budget of approximately $50 million, which is allocated to research contracts and grants. He or she represents NIAID as the lead federal agency for civilian radiological/nuclear countermeasures research and advises on strategic investment decisions. The position reports to the DAIT director and serves as a senior advisor in a division associate director role.



  • citizen
  • M.D. or Ph.D.
  • Successfully obtains and maintains a security clearance with financial investigation


The ideal candidate would have experience in the following fields:

  • Research experience in at least one of these relevant areas: mechanisms of radiation injury; development of diagnostics and countermeasures to assess, treat, and protect against radiation injury; or radiation biodosimetry
  • Demonstrated experience in the timely translation of basic and applied research discoveries through product development and licensure
  • Knowledge of current federal emergency response plans and strategic priorities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to present research findings to internal and external audiences
  • Advanced professional knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices relevant to radiation biology, health physics, health effects of ionizing radiation, biodosimetry, and early development of measures to prevent, assess, and treat radiation injury
  • Knowledge of radiological threat scenarios



To Apply

Submit your curriculum vitae and bibliography and a 2/3 page statement addressing 1) your vision for the RNCP; 2) your reasons for being interested in this position; and 3) the specific leadership skills and experience you would bring to the RNCP by email to

Applications will be accepted from January 8 to January 17, 2019. Up to three letters of professional reference may be required as the recruitment process progresses.

Email with questions or for more information about the position.

All information provided by applicants will remain confidential. 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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