Director, National Eye Institute

Bethesda, Maryland
Salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments.
October 07 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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Director, National Eye Institute

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

Do you have a vision for the future leadership and direction of NIH’s National Eye Institute? Are you a first-rate Scientific Leader seeking a career at one of the preeminent biomedical research institutes in the nation and the world?  This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for individuals who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization to chart the future of vision research. The National Eye Institute (NEI) supports research into the causes, natural history, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the eye and visual system, and in related fields; basic research in the biology of vision; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.  The Director, NEI provides leadership, vision, and direction to the Institute with unparalleled impact on vision research at a national level.  The Director advises the NIH Director and Institute and Center (IC) Directors on science and policy matters concerning disorders of the eye and visual system research and research training and serves as principal liaison with other agencies of the DHHS and Federal Government. To support its mission, the NEI has an annual budget of approximately $800 million and a staff totaling 273 FTEs and approximately 400 non-FTE scientists, other professionals, and support staff.

We are looking for applicants with a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead within a dynamic and diverse organization focused on vision science. Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and have senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs related to eye and visual systems disorders research. For the full list of qualifications, please see the announcement located at

The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

If you are ready for an exciting leadership opportunity, please see the detailed vacancy announcement at     

Application packages must be received by Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET for consideration in the initial review period.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

Please contact Brenda Fogel at for questions and/or additional information.


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