Supervisory Health Scientist

Rockville, Maryland
Sep 03, 2020
Oct 03, 2020
Infectious Disease
Full Time
Position Type

Supervisory Health Scientist

[Deputy Branch Chief] (COVID-19)

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Division of Clinical Research

Collaborative Clinical Research Branch

This position is located within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Division of Clinical Research (DCR), Collaborative Clinical Research Branch (CCRB).

DCR provides multidisciplinary trans-NIAID services for facilitating clinical research and managing special projects as directed by NIAID leadership. This vision is operationalized through the development, implementation, and ongoing nurturing of international clinical research collaborations with partner countries. These research collaborations build at-the-ready research capacity for response to infectious disease outbreaks while addressing local public health issues. 

DCR advises the clinical director, NIAID, and the director, NIAID, on clinical research and performs other liaison and oversight functions related to the intramural and extramural research programs. DCR plays an integral role in facilitating the efficient and effective performance of NIAID research programs both domestic and international. This is accomplished through a multifaceted approach to the provision and support of services vital to the research infrastructure that includes oversight and management of clinical research, program planning and management, regulatory monitoring and compliance, statistical consultation and research methodology, and clinical research capacity building.

Due to urgent COVID-19 activities within DCR, this position is critical to provide support and expertise related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The supervisory health scientist (deputy) will serve as a full managing partner with the branch chief in developing, coordinating, integrating, evaluating, and communicating all aspects of the administrative and scientific operations of the branch. The supervisory health scientist (deputy) serves as a key advisor to the branch chief and the director/deputy director, DCR, on controversial, complex, or unprecedented matters.

The supervisory health scientist (deputy) partners with the branch chief to do the following:

  • Determine overall office organizational structure, workload requirements, and activities
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the operations and makes changes to the branch to accomplish the goals of NIAID
  • Assess program accomplishments and progress and makes changes as needed to promote economic, efficient, and effective program balance within assigned program areas

The supervisory health scientist (deputy) assists the branch chief in doing the following:

  • Effectively managing the human and financial resources of the branch in order to support the mission of DCR and NIAID
  • Establishing operating budgets to include providing required justifications to support new programs and initiatives and assisting in ensuring that there are adequate and appropriate resources available to accomplish the branch's and division’s goals and objectives
  • Identifying and prioritizing activities and projects to be supported and monitoring expenditures
  • Making decisions on redistribution of resources, to include shifting of existing resources to high priority programs and initiatives, as necessary



  • U.S. citizen
  • Bachelor’s degree or graduate/higher-level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position
  • Experience providing scientific and administrative support and analyses of clinical research proposals


  • Current Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) II or COR III certification
  • Multidimensional expertise to lead, manage, and effectively integrate the complex needs of large and demanding clinical trial programs
  • Knowledge of infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, Ebola, coronaviruses, and tuberculosis
  • Ability to facilitate research and develop infrastructure in international settings and for overseeing and managing clinical trials overseas (mostly in developing countries)
  • Experience with governments, laws/regulations, and cultures of foreign nations that may be significantly different from those in the United States
  • Ability to support development of papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at seminars and scientific meetings
  • Experience with strategic and operational planning that incorporates monitoring of success metrics with partners or collaborating institutions to plan for long-term goal achievement and research sustainability

To Apply

Visit and access the detailed vacancy announcement Supervisory Health Scientist [Deputy Branch Chief] (COVID-19) #NIH-NIAID-DH-20-10891985 beginning September 28, 2020. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on October 2, 2020.

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