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Job Vacancy Announcement – Deputy Director, Office of Clinical Research

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

Position Overview

The Office of Clinical Research (OCR) at NIMH is recruiting for a Deputy Director at its Rockville, MD site. OCR provides institute-wide coordination of oversight for NIMH-funded clinical research studies and provides strategic guidance and recommendations to NIMH leadership about clinical research initiatives.

OCR provides expertise in human research protection, data and safety monitoring, clinical trial operations, biostatistics, recruitment monitoring, and good clinical practice/protocol compliance monitoring. In addition, OCR provides consultations to NIMH staff, provides education about clinical research oversight, and serves as a liaison between NIMH and other NIH institutes/centers as well as other federal agencies such as the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Deputy Director supports OCR in its oversight function at NIMH with a clinical perspective. Responsibilities include:

(1) Serve as a key advisor for the Director of OCR on clinical research issues with a particular focus on the design of clinical trials, the protection of participants in research, data and safety monitoring, and overall clinical trial operations;

(2) Assist the OCR Director in overseeing the continuous evaluation of NIMH’s national and international efforts with regard to all aspects of clinical research oversight and monitoring;

(3) In collaboration with the OCR Director, develop strategies to overcome unforeseen difficulties in clinical research studies with innovative solutions to ensure progress toward goals;

(4) Provide medical and clinical oversight for human research protections in clinical research protocols and during on-site quality assurance evaluations of NIMH-funded clinical research studies. The incumbent reports to the Director of OCR, working with both of the office branches: The Clinical Trials Operations Branch and the Human Research Protection Branch.

Qualifications

Competitive candidates should be accomplished physicians who understand how biomedical and behavioral research is performed. Candidates should have clinical expertise in mental health and provide expert advice and consultation as needed on NIMH initiatives for clinical trials, including the scope, design, and standards for access and sharing of data and development of public-private partnerships to support clinical research. Candidates with a publication record, prior research experience, and evidence of a familiarity with current literature in interdisciplinary neuroscience and psychiatry related to mental illness are preferred. Supervisory experience is preferred. This position requires working both independently and collaboratively and offers opportunities to impact priorities, develop new initiatives and contribute to a national program of research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and possess a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) with board certification in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, or neurology.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae to NIMHsearch@mail.nih.gov.

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.