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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 the National Institute of Mental Health is recruiting for a Deputy Director at its Rockville, MD, site. The Office 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.

The Office provides expertise in human research protection, data and safety monitoring, clinical trial operations, recruitment monitoring, and good clinical practice/protocol compliance monitoring. In addition, the Office 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).

The Deputy Director supports the Office of Clinical Research’s oversight function at NIMH. Responsibilities include:

  1. Serve as a critical advisor for the Director of the Office of Clinical Research 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 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 the Office of Clinical Research, working with the Office branches: The Clinical Trials Operations Branch and the Human Research Protection Branch.


Competitive candidates are expected to understand how biomedical and behavioral research is performed. Candidates are expected to have clinical research oversight expertise in mental health research with the ability to provide expert advice and consultation as needed on NIMH initiatives for clinical research studies and clinical trials including the scope, design, research study operations, human research protections and relevant federal regulation, data and safety monitoring, good clinical practive, and protocol compliance montoring. Candidates with a publication record, prior research experience, and evidence of a familiarity with current literature in interdisciplinary neuroscience and mental health 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 Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

How to Apply

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

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

The Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health encourage the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are equal-opportunity employers. Applications from women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.