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Job Vacancy Announcement - Deputy Director Opportunity at NIMH

Division of AIDS Research (DAR)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Position Overview

Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator (Deputy Director)
The NIMH Division of Aids Research (DAR) is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time position to serve as the Deputy Director of the Division and with the Director, serves as a principal advisor to the Institute Director. The incumbent shares fully in the responsibility for development, direction, coordination, and evaluation of the programs and activities of the Division. With the Division Director, this individual stimulates, conducts and coordinates research, evaluates programs and staff, and works to expand the resources of mental health and HIV research both nationally and internationally. The Deputy Director participates in the planning of a coordinated research program for the Division. On the basis of analysis and synthesis of its components, the Deputy Director recommends research priorities using such parameters as programmatic balance, urgency of need for study, capabilities for implementation, potential medical and clinical research impact, public health impact, global impact, and probability of success as it relates to the Divisional/Institute strategic planning process.

The portfolio on the basic neuroscience of HIV infection includes research to: elucidate the mechanisms underlying HIV-induced CNS dysfunction in the setting of long-term antiretroviral therapy; understand the motor, cognitive, and behavioral impairments that result from HIV infection of the CNS; develop novel treatments to prevent or mitigate the CNS complications of HIV infection; and, minimize the neurotoxicity induced by long-term use of antiretroviral therapy. Critical approaches to this effort require molecular, cellular, and genetic studies to delineate the pathophysiologic mechanisms that lead to HIV induced CNS dysfunction, and to identify potential targets for therapeutic intervention. In addition, eradication of the virus from HIV-infected individuals to achieve a cure or a functional cure is a high priority.

In conjunction with the Division Director, the Deputy coordinates and integrates scientific activities with the NIMH Office of the Director, other Institute and program officials, Office of AIDS Research (OAR), and other NIH, DHHS, and U.S. Government components with regard to the aspects of the programs that are of mutual interest and concern and with the various national and international agencies, national and international scientific societies, private foundations, and professional and lay organizations with common interest.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 10 years of post-doctoral and/or professional experience in those fields, experience in budget management, and personnel supervision. Individuals with current or prior academic faculty positions are of particular interest but are not required.

How to Apply

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

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.