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Director, Clinical Translation Program, Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

National Institutes of Health ( NIH )
Bethesda, Maryland
Closing date
Mar 5, 2024

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Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

National Institute on Aging/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Intramural Research Program

  Director, Clinical Translation Program, Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias  (Senior Investigator/Senior Clinician)


The Intramural Research Programs (IRPs) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) are recruiting for a Director (Senior Investigator/Senior Clinician), of the Clinical Translational Program of the Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD).  The incumbent will direct the clinical arm of the already established, and very productive, CARD at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will be located within the Clinical Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  CARD, which organizationally falls within the NIA/IRP, is a translational science-centered research program that seeks to initiate, stimulate, accelerate, and support research in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (ADRD), leading to the development of improved understanding, treatments, and cures.

The Clinical Translational Program is an exciting new program within CARD that will serve as the NIH’s central hub for the clinical translation of human-based research in AD, ADRD, and in those who are at risk for developing AD or ADRD.  This unique opportunity will enable an innovative scientist to develop a research program in the space of AD/ADRD using substantial resources, and through providing leadership and clinical oversight for a diverse group of intramural investigators and clinicians (including the future recruitment of individuals) who will be actively engaged in cutting-edge research on, and development of, therapeutic approaches to AD/ADRD.

The tenure-eligible position requires an M.D. or equivalent medical degree, and all applicants must have a license to practice medicine in the United States. Additionally, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology Boards) certification/eligibility is required.  Applicants should have considerable clinical experience including clinical research experience in neurodegenerative diseases, especially AD/ADRD.  Their track record should include and combine clinical and translational research, diagnostic development, and clinical trials of behavioral interventions or experimental therapeutics in AD/ADRD.  Candidates should have a strong track record in developing clinical/translational research on AD/ADRD, a strong record of productive research in the aforementioned areas, and a publication record in the fields relevant to this position.

The Director, Clinical Translational Program, will lead the clinical aspects of CARD and will work with the CARD Director, and NIA Scientific and Clinical Directors, to set the direction of clinical research within CARD, ensuring that the research vision is complementary to the overall program of research within CARD and the NIA IRP.  The preferred applicant is expected to coordinate activities with multidisciplinary research efforts in CARD and throughout the AD/ADRD field and to have demonstrated ability to stimulate and lead collaborative interactions amongst scientists at multiple institutions, nationally, and internationally.  Demonstrated ability in scientific leadership, management of personnel, and budget oversight is required. 

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments.  A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health and life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available.  NIA may be able to pay relocation expenses.  All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct.  For additional information regarding the cutting-edge research programs currently within CARD and recent news and breakthroughs, please visit the CARD website,

All interested candidates must apply on (see direct link at - USAJOBS - Job Announcement or to apply).  The position will open on February 26, 2024, and close at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on March 6, 2024.  The curriculum vitae and bibliography must be submitted directly to the vacancy announcement link above and should include a one-page mentoring and diversity impact statement, specifically detailing activities involving women and persons from other groups which are underrepresented in biomedical research, and a statement of clinical research interests (one-to-two pages).  Three letters of recommendation are preferred; please see below regarding the submission of letters.  For information on applying to this position, please contact Eleanor Robinson at

For general questions regarding the position or for referees to submit letters of recommendation directly, please contact Jamie Hertzfelt, Chief of Staff, Office of the Scientific Director, NIA at, noting Vacancy #CARD-24-01-JH.  Applications sent to this email address will not be accepted; please refer to the USAJOBS - Job Announcement or to apply.


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