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Job Vacancy Announcement – Clinical Trials Operation Branch Chief

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Clinical Research (OCR)
Clinical Trials Operation Branch (CTOB

Position Overview

The Office of Clinical Research (OCR) at NIMH is recruiting for a Chief for the Clinical Trials Operation Branch (CTOB) at its Rockville, MD site. CTOB provides methodological expertise and operational oversight to support the entire range of clinical trials and other clinical research supported by NIMH. CTOB provides clinical trial support services within OCR and other NIMH Divisions and Offices, and consultation to a range of NIH Institutes and Centers and external agencies that fund clinical trials.

The Branch Chief has responsibility for directing all CTOB activities and provides overall leadership in developing future initiatives and establishing priorities, policy, planning, administrative, and supervisory activities within CTOB. The incumbent has the following areas of responsibility:

  1. Provides leadership in the planning, management, and operational oversight of NIMH-funded domestic and international clinical trials across the multiple Divisions and Offices of the Institute.
  2. Provides technical and administrative supervision to CTOB staff to achieve the goals and objectives of the Branch and the Office.
  3. Serves as liaison to the NIMH Data and Safety Monitoring Board and oversees the implementation of monitoring plans and the development of safety reporting guidelines for NIMH-funded clinical studies.
  4. Provides leadership in the development and dissemination of innovative methodologies to improve the efficiency of clinical trials.


The candidate should have expert knowledge of diverse types of clinical trials and quality assurance methodology related to the conduct of clinical trials. The candidate should have expert knowledge on the development of research protocols, mechanisms for data collection, and quality assurance for multi-institutional clinical trials, and the application of Federal regulations or requirements and NIH/NIMH policies and procedures for clinical trials. Skill in establishing effective interpersonal relations, defining problems, analyzing alternatives, and recommending solutions to complex situations affecting the conduct of clinical trials is required.

A Ph.D. in Life Sciences or disciplines related to mental health is preferred. Also, expertise in the fundamentals of clinical trials, experience in clinical data management, and familiarity with regulatory requirements and data and safety monitoring are preferred. Three (3) years of specialized experience plus a Master’s degree is equivalent to a Ph.D. Five (5) years of specialized experience plus a B.S. or B.A. degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae to

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified candidates with diverse perspectives such as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.