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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)

Program 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, 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 and other federal agencies such as the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).

Position Duties

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

  1. Serve as a critical 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 concerning 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 the office branches: The Clinical Trials Operations Branch and the Human Research Protection Branch.


Competitive candidates are expected to be accomplished physicians who understand how biomedical and behavioral research is performed. Candidates are expected to have clinical expertise in mental health with the ability to 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, as well as the 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 the advancement of 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 parties should send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae, to A Global “Supervisory Physician” job announcement will be posted on on June 27, 2022. Applications in response to this announcement must be submitted through the USAJOBS website by July 6, 2022.

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.