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Director of Clinical Translation, Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

Bethesda, Maryland
Commensurate with experience
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May 20, 2022

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The Intramural Research Programs (IRPs) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), both major research components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), are recruiting for a Director of Clinical Translation (Senior Investigator – Clinical/Senior Clinician) of the newly established Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD), located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  

CARD, which organizationally falls within the NIA/IRP, is a translational science-centered research program that seeks to initiate, stimulate, accelerate, and support research in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD related dementias (ADRD), leading to the development of improved understanding, treatments, and cures. 

The tenure-eligible position requires an M.D. or equivalent medical degree.  Applicants from the United States are required to have a license to practice medicine in the United States and be Board certified or Board-eligible in Neurology or in a field of relevance to the study of neurodegenerative diseases.  Foreign national applicants would require both qualifying credentials, including eligibility for a license to practice medicine in the United States, and a visa classification that authorizes full patient contact privileges.  Applicants should have long-term clinical and research experience in neurodegenerative diseases, especially, AD/ADRD.  Their track record may include and combine clinical and translational research, diagnostic development, and clinical trials of behavioral interventions or experimental therapeutics in AD/ADRD.  Candidates should have a strong track record in developing clinical/translational research on AD/ADRD, a strong record of productive research in the aforementioned areas, and a publication record in the fields relevant to this position.

The Director of Clinical Translation will lead the clinical aspects of CARD and will report to the CARD Director with oversight by the NIA Clinical Director.  The incumbent will work with the CARD Director to set the direction of clinical research within CARD, ensuring that the research vision is complementary to the overall program of research within CARD and IRP NIA.  The Director of Clinical Translation is expected to provide leadership for a diverse group of clinical intramural investigators including the future recruitment of individuals who will be actively engaged in cutting edge research on and development of therapeutic approaches to AD/ADRD.  The preferred applicant is expected to coordinate activities with multidisciplinary research efforts in CARD and throughout the AD/ADRD field and to have demonstrated ability to stimulate and lead collaborative interactions amongst scientists at multiple institutions, nationally, and internationally.  Experience in scientific leadership, personnel management, and complex budgets is required.

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments.  A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available.  NIA may be able to pay relocation expenses.  All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct.  Additional information regarding CARD is available at the following website:

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Employees providing healthcare or services in support of healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination, and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during your employment with NIH.

To apply, please send cover letter, curriculum vitae and bibliography (including a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from other groups which are underrepresented in biomedical research), statement of research interest (1-2 pages), and three letters of recommendation (sent directly from the letter writers) to: Jamie Hertzfelt, Chief of Staff, Office of the Scientific Director, NIA; Vacancy #CARD-2021-02-JH; via email: Applications, including letters of recommendation, must reference the Vacancy #CARD-2021-02-JH for consideration. The application period opens Monday, April 25, 2022, and closes at midnight EST on Monday, May 9, 2022.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.



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