Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Vacancy Announcement: Scientific Director

The Position: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) seeks a Scientific Director with creative scientific vision, strong mentorship skills, and outstanding leadership skills to guide its intramural programs. The Scientific Director will lead the NIAAA intramural programs in collaboration with the NIAAA Clinical Director. Currently the Scientific Director allocates an approximately $57 million annual budget, in consultation with the NIAAA Director and the NIAAA Clinical Director, to intramural NIAAA laboratories and clinical programs in the NIH Clinical Center. The successful candidate will oversee a diverse group of 245 staff and fellows in conducting research in basic, translational, and clinical science and help chart the future for a vibrant NIH scientific community. The Scientific Director is advised by the NIAAA Board of Scientific Counselors, a panel comprising prominent extramural researchers. The Scientific Director reports to and advises the NIAAA Director on relevant NIAAA policies. The Scientific Director recruits and mentors new faculty and steers a vibrant training program that includes post-doctoral, pre-doctoral and post-baccalaureate researchers. Most importantly, the Scientific Director, with the investigator community, charts the future direction of NIAAA’s intramural world-class research program with the aim of fulfilling the overall mission of NIAAA “to generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the effects of alcohol on health and well-being, and apply that knowledge to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorder, across the lifespan.”

LOCATION: Bethesda, Maryland

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree and an established record of outstanding research accomplishments, scientific leadership, mentorship, and service within the basic and/or clinical scientific community. The Scientific Director may supervise their own research laboratory, supported by resources commensurate with the size and scope of their program.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that includes a brief description of research and administrative experience, a current curriculum vitae and bibliography, names and contact information of five references, and a brief written vision for leading the NIAAA Intramural Research Program. Please include in your CV a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Questions about the position and the application process should be sent to Richard Doucette via email at All information provided by the candidate will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NIAAA search process without a signed release from the candidate.

Applications will be accepted beginning May 24, 2022, and will be reviewed beginning July 23, 2022; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

HHS, NIH and NIAAA are Equal Opportunity Employers

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