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Director, Division of Genome Sciences

National Human Genome Research Institutes
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Genome Sciences. The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge and expertise to lead NHGRI's efforts to fund extramural research and training that aims to advance our understanding of structure and function of genomes and their implications for biology and disease etiology through grants and contracts. The Director must be a recognized expert who provides authoritative leadership for a well-respected extramural research portfolio, which includes a number of prominent national and international research programs.  

The Director of the Division of Genome Sciences is responsible for:

(1) Planning, directing, and facilitating multi-disciplinary research for the Division
(2) Assessing the need for research and research training in genome sciences and related areas
(3) Determining program priorities in genome sciences and related areas and recommending funding levels
(4) Preparing reports and analyses to assist Institute staff and advisory groups in carrying out their responsibilities
(5) Collaborating with the other NHGRI extramural research divisions to establish a balance of resources, personnel, and research and training budgets to achieve NHGRI goals
(6) Providing expert advice to the NHGRI Director on various aspects of genome sciences
(7) Collaborating with the other NHGRI Divisions, other NIH Institutes/Centers, and other agencies and entities, nationally and internationally, and maintaining an awareness of research efforts in relevant program areas.

Candidates must have a doctoral level degree in a field relevant to the position as well as vast expertise and credibility in leading the development of research programs in genomics.

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 is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements. 

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and full contact details for three references. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each).

Applications should be sent electronically to Anita Whitehurst at Questions may be addressed to Ms. Whitehurst as well.

Information about the Division of Genome Sciences can be found at

Applications will be reviewed starting October 1st, 2016 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

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Posted: August 19, 2016