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Scientific Director, National Eye Institute

Bethesda, Maryland
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Jan 31, 2022
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Scientific Director, National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The National Eye Institute’s Scientific Director (SD) leads the Division of Intramural Research, which includes over 20 world-class Principal Investigators in basic and clinical vision research, 7 Core services, and over 300 research staff and trainees. The SD provides executive-level programmatic leadership and administrative oversight for intramural research at the National Eye Institute (NEI), including development of long-range plans to guide, and where possible, to integrate basic, translational, clinical and public health research efforts. This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for individuals with a commitment to scientific excellence as well as the enthusiasm and innovative thinking to lead a dynamic and diverse organization to chart the future of vision research. The SD, working with the Director, Deputy Director and Clinical Director, also provides executive-level scientific leadership, oversight, and direction to the NEI.  

Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in the field of biomedical sciences and have senior-level research experience and outstanding scientific knowledge of vision research programs in one or more scientific areas related to visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, or the special health problems and requirements of the blind or those with low vision. 

The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture.  If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment.

If you are ready for an exciting leadership opportunity, please see the detailed vacancy announcement at  

Application packages must be received by January 31, 2022 ET for consideration in the initial review period.

Please contact Cindy Best at for questions and/or additional information.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage applications from women and minorities.

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