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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

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December 2019

New NIEHS director — the search is on

The National Institutes of Health opens a nationwide search for the next director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program. Apply by Dec. 23.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks applications from exceptional candidates for the exciting position of director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program (NTP). The deadline to apply is Dec. 23.

The NIEHS director, located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, provides leadership, vision, and direction for a nationally recognized program of the highest possible scientific quality.

A flyer with Scientists looking at test tubes and words overlaying the image, "NIEHS IS HIRING DIRECTOR"

Key responsibilities

Below are key responsibilities of the position.

  • Formulate and implement plans and policies necessary to carry out the institute’s mission.
  • Ensure that NIEHS has sound fiscal and administrative practices that promote accountability, effective monitoring, responsiveness, and flexibility.
  • Oversee NIEHS collaborative research efforts with other professional groups, governmental and nongovernmental, to enable the most effective and scientifically rigorous ideas and approaches.

To support its mission, NIEHS has an annual budget of approximately $850 million and a staff of more than 1,450 employees, scientists, contractors, and others.

National Toxicology Program

In addition to its core NIH research mission, NIEHS hosts and administers NTP, an interagency program of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NTP conducts and coordinates toxicological testing, develops innovative research tools and strategies, and publishes the HHS Report on Carcinogens.

As a coordinated effort among HHS components, NTP 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.

Side view of the NIEHS building adjacent to the lake NIEHS is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and is part of the NIH, which is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Required qualifications

NIH seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicant qualifications are listed below.

  • An M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability in the administration and management of a major national research program.
  • Broad familiarity and working knowledge of environmental health science research, including the importance of high standards for rigor and reproducibility.
  • In-depth knowledge and personal research experience in one or more research areas of the institute.
  • Experience giving presentations nationally to broad audiences.
  • National and international respect within your discipline as an individual of outstanding scientific competence.
  • Demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing program objectives and priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources and coordinate a research portfolio that involves extensive internal and external collaboration.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, copy of degree, and bibliography. They are asked to prepare a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements, as well as a vision statement. Please limit each to two pages.

Send application package to Mr. Will Hennings at SeniorRe@od.nih.gov by Dec. 23 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Do not include your birth date or social security number on application materials.

Details about the position, required qualifications, how to apply, and much more can be found at the official NIH Listing: Director, NIEHS.


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