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Open Thursday, March 20, 2014
Review of applications begins April 30, 2014

Description: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), a research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services, seeks an outstanding scientist to lead its Division of Extramural Research (DER), located at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Director, DER, leads and directs the Institute’s extramural research program encompassing developmental biology and mammalian genetics; epithelial cell regulation and transformation; pharmacogenetics; mineralized tissue and salivary gland physiology and injury; molecular and cellular neuroscience; oral microbiology and microbial pathogenesis; immunology and immunotherapy; AIDS and oral manifestations of immunosuppression; biomaterials; tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; health disparities; behavioral and social sciences; and clinical research focusing on improving the dental, oral, and craniofacial health of the nation.

The Director, DER, reports to the Director, NIDCR and oversees and manages an extramural research program portfolio of approximately $300 million and a staff of 28 health scientist administrators and other science professionals. The Program comprises four branches that encompass a full spectrum of basic, clinical, translational and population-based research: 1) Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Research Branch; 2) Translational Genomics Research Branch; 3) Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Branch; and 4) Center for Clinical Research.

The Director, DER, is fully responsible for providing scientific and management leadership in planning, developing and managing basic, translational and clinical research supported by grants, cooperative agreements and contracts in dental, oral and craniofacial health and disease across a broad range of research areas. ( The incumbent serves as a principal advisor to the Institute Director on scientific affairs affecting the extramural community; develops and recommends procedures and policies for the execution of research programs; determines effectiveness of current programs; develops new programs to meet the needs of the Institute; directs and coordinates the activities of the DER; develops collaborations with other entities in carrying out the mission of the Institute; and serves as a role model in managing people and financial resources with integrity and fairness.

Required Qualifications: The NIDCR seeks candidates who have outstanding leadership skills, are team players, and have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must have an D.D.S./D.M.D., M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a biomedical or related field and possess excellent knowledge of the advanced principles, theories and practices in one or more scientific areas of dental, oral, and craniofacial science; a distinguished track record of experience in these fields; demonstrated leadership and broad visionary capabilities; and demonstrated management acumen. Applicants must be able to serve as a spokesperson for NIDCR research to science and health professionals and the general public, and have proven experience in directing and managing a comprehensive scientific extramural research program, with the requisite administrative and interpersonal skills to meet the demands of program direction.

Application Procedure: To apply, interested applicants should send: 1) a curriculum vitae and bibliography; 2) a supplemental narrative statement, no longer than two pages, that addresses how the applicant meets the required qualifications and his/her vision of the future direction for dental, oral, craniofacial research; and 3) full contact details for four references. Applications should be sent as email attachments to Ms. Virginia Betson. Ms. Betson also is available to answer questions about the position. Her full contact information is:

Ms. Virginia Betson
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Building 31, Room 2C39
Bethesda, MD 20892-2290
Fax: 301-496-5760

Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2014. Applications received after this date may be considered until the position is filled.
Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or membership/non-membership in an employee organization.

The HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers 


Applications will be accepted Wednesday, April 16 to Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Review of applications begins April 23, 2014.

Description: The mission of the NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information. Fulfillment of this mission depends in large part on effective communication with a variety of audiences about a wide range of topics such as Institute programs and priorities, research advances, clinical trials, research funding and training opportunities, and oral health.

Much of this communication is accomplished through the activities of the Office of Communications and Health Education (OCHE). OCHE functions include: science writing, media relations, liaison with patient and professional organizations, public inquiry response, health education, health exhibit programs, management of the National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse, and content management of the NIDCR website(s) and related digital resources.

The incumbent serves as the NIDCR web content manager. As the web content manager, the incumbent conceptualizes, develops, organizes, maintains, and enhances NIDCR website(s) and related digital resources (social media, multimedia, etc.). He/she interacts with technical, scientific, and managerial staff as well as with outside organizations and the public to ensure that the Institute’s digital resources are user-centered and data-driven; developed in a coordinated manner; effectively communicate with researchers, policymakers, the media, health care professionals, patients, and the public; and continue to support the NIDCR mission. The incumbent advises Institute staff on the most effective methods for presenting their information on the NIDCR website and for using new tools and technologies to engage priority audiences.

Eligibility and Application Procedure:

This position is open to Status Candidates.

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The HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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This page last updated: April 10, 2014