Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Durham, North Carolina
To be finalized
Oct 21, 2020
Nov 20, 2020
Full Time
Position Type
Executive, Permanent

THE POSITION:  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, the world’s premiere biomedical research institution, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for the exciting position of Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental of Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  The mission of NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.  In addition to its core NIH research mission, NIEHS hosts and administers the National Toxicology Program (NTP), an interagency program of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The NTP conducts and coordinates toxicological testing, develops innovative research tools and strategies, and publishes the HHS Report on Carcinogens.  NTP is a coordinated effort among HHS components and works in collaboration with other federal agencies including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

The Deputy Director, NIEHS serves as the second-in-command for the Institute, assisting the Director, NIEHS with managing a staff of approximately 662 approved FTEs and approximately 500 non-FTE scientists, contractors, and other professionals and support staff with a budget of $890 million. He/she is primarily responsible for assisting the Director, NIEHS in providing overall scientific and administrative leadership to the Institute. Serves, in the absence of the Director, as the Institute’s principal leader and primary spokesperson for the NIEHS’ mission and programs. In conjunction with the Director, oversees all aspects of the annual program of research, training, and education conducted and supported by the Institute.  Provides expert advice and counsel to the Director on advancing progress in environmental health science through strategic planning; opportunities for national research capacity building; development and coordination of agreements within the HHS/NIH and globally; advancement of intramural science; and national and international research and training initiatives. With the Director, leads NIEHS program and initiative planning and evaluation. In conjunction with the Director, oversees and supervises a subset of offices within the greater Office of the Director at NIEHS. 

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LOCATION:  Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  NIEHS seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization.  Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and have senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more scientific areas related to environmental health science research including the importance of high standards for rigor and reproducibility. The incumbent must possess in-depth knowledge and personal research experience in one or more of NIEHS’ research areas. The scientific implications of the research programs will benefit from experience and knowledge of federal research grants administration. They should be known and respected within their discipline, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific competence.  Applicants also must have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing program objectives and priorities. Candidates should have demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources and coordinate a research portfolio involving extensive internal and external collaboration. 

SALARY/BENEFITS:  The Deputy Director, NIEHS will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  Full Federal benefits will be provided, including retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave and savings plan (401K equivalent).

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  Equality is held as one of the most important values here at NIH.  Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit.  NIH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.  The NIH especially encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. 

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE:  The National Institutes of Health seeks to inspire public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes, as well as agency-specific regulations described at  We encourage applicants to review this information. The position of the NIEHS Deputy Director is subject to a background investigation, and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment. 

FOREIGN EDUCATION:  Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:  NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, copy of degree, and bibliography (if not included in your curriculum vitae).  In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a supplemental narrative statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements in and interest in the position, (please limit to three pages).  Send application package to Ms. Ayanna Vest at by the below closing date.  Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute.