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Associate Director - Precision Oncology Research

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
Commensurate with education and experience
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Jun 12, 2022

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Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG)


Associate Director

Precision Oncology Research


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking an innovative leader to serve as the Associate Director of Precision Oncology Research within the Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG) (


The CCG oversees NCI-wide genomics-based initiatives to accelerate the creation and use of tools that will bring a new understanding about the molecular underpinnings of different forms of cancer in children and adults. We are seeking a senior-level candidate with a specialized combination of expertise in pediatric cancer, cancer genomics, and functional genomics. The position will report directly to the CCG Director and serve as the primary advisor to NCI senior officials on the development of NCI’s Moonshot activities in the area of cancer genomics. The position manages and oversees the programs and functional responsibilities of the Office of Cancer Genomics (OCG) within the CCG, therefore, interested candidates should also have extensive administrative management experience.


The candidate will provide leadership, subject matter expertise, and coordination for NCI’s Moonshot activities related to adult and pediatric cancer genomics and the utilization of shared resources to ensure achievement of Cancer Moonshot Initiative and Blue-Ribbon Panel goals. In doing so, the candidate will be expected to design and initiate programs, build infrastructure, build teams, and execute new scientific initiatives. The candidate will be expected to provide expert knowledge and first-hand experience in developing and improving genomic data systems and technologies into which sequencing data and high-content functional screening data will be deposited to facilitate breakthrough findings for improved treatments. The candidate will manage a portfolio of contracts and grants supporting cancer genomics and translational research totaling nearly $30 million that support the achievement of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative and Blue Ribbon Panel goals and forward NCI’s priorities in cancer genomics. 


Position Requirements: Applicants must possess a doctoral level degree (e.g. Ph.D. or M.D.) in

an academic filed related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this

experience and equivalent experience. We are seeking a senior level candidate with practical experience with highly specialized science, data, and management scenarios and concepts to provide the required authoritative guidance, management leadership, and unique expertise to build and sustain a diverse, highly complex, and highly visible cancer genomics research program that meets the objectives of the Cancer Moonshot and Blue-Ribbon Panel recommendations. Also, this position serves as a supervisor and should have supervisory experience in managing high-level scientists and administrative staff.


Salary/Benefits: This position will be filled under a Title 42(f) 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 may be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.


Location of position will be as advertised but may be negotiable with certain participating program areas after selection and an onboarding period. If a remote opportunity is negotiated, the selected individual may work anywhere in the United States, including onsite at NCI's campus in Bethesda, MD and the salary will be based upon the locality pay of your work site as determined by law. Work sites outside of the U.S. are prohibited. Remote employees must adhere to all regulations and policies regarding remote work at NIH and in the federal government, including the signing of a remote work agreement.


Vaccination Requirements:  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.


How to Apply: Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and full contact details for three references. In addition, applicants must prepare a cover letter of interest that outlines your qualifications, leadership experience, and vision for clinical and translational research informatics in cancer research.  This position will be posted May 9, 2022 through June 9, 2022 and NCI will be accepting applications May 31, 2022 through June 9, 2022.  Submit your application at


You may contact Laura Townsend at for more information about this vacancy.


HHS, NIH and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers

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