Director, Division of Cancer Biology

Bethesda, Maryland
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.
September 03 2019
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Director, Division of Cancer Biology

Office of the Director

National Cancer Institute

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

The NCI is seeking an innovative leader to serve as Director of its extramural Division of Cancer Biology (DCB).  The position is in the Office of the Director (OD), National Cancer Institute (NCI), located in Bethesda, MD and reports directly to the NCI Director. 

The mission of DCB is to advance cancer research by providing funding support through grants and programs for research that investigates the basic biology of cancer at academic, non-profit and for-profit institutions across the United States. Through its funding programs, DCB supports and ensures continuity and stability in basic cancer research while encouraging and facilitating the emergence of new ideas, concepts, and technologies.  The DCB portfolio is exceptionally broad, covering all research fields of basic cancer biology, including fundamental cellular mechanisms of cancer biology, the transformation of normal cells to cancer cells, and the metastasis of cancer cells. Research supported by DCB provides the foundation for new treatments, clinical trials, and improved understanding of the disease. These goals of the DCB are implemented through extramural grants, cooperative agreements, collaborative projects, and other activities.  For more information on DCB activities, see

The Division Director is the scientific and administrative leader of the DCB. S/he provides scientific expertise and a strategic vision for the DCB portfolio, including identification of emerging new directions for basic cancer research, support of novel technologies, and development of collaborative programs with other NCI extramural divisions and NIH Institutes. The Division Director also oversees all administrative operations of the DCB including its budget. The Division Director has responsibility for: (1) scientific planning and strategy; (2) operational administration of the division; (3) oversight of all the division’s grants and cooperative agreement research activities amounting to over 2000 grants and $800 million annually; and, (4) working with and advising NCI senior leadership on the development and implementation of long-range strategic, scientific, facility and business plans for the division. The Director of DCB oversees a staff of approximately 60 scientific and administrative staff organized in six separate but highly interactive branches within DCB.

Position Requirements:  The successful candidate will have an M.D. and/or Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline and have extensive training and experience in cancer biology research. If an active research scientist, the candidate may establish a laboratory research program in the NCI Intramural Program. In addition, the candidate must have administrative experience in supervising scientific and administrative staff, in overseeing complex research grants and programs, and in collaborating and enhancing partnerships in the cancer research community. The candidate should also have experience in developing strategic goals, managing human resources and budgetary planning.

Salary/Benefits: This position will be filled under a Title 42 excepted service appointment.  Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements listed above (please limit both statements to two pages each). Send the application package to NCI will begin accepting applications on September 3, 2019 and plans to have the position open for 60 days.

You may contact Susan Greenhouse at for more information about this vacancy.

HHS, NIH and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers


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