Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Position Description

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, the world’s premier biomedical research institution, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for the exciting position of Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The mission of NIDCR is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of craniofacial, dental, and oral diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.

The Director of NIDCR provides leadership, vision, and direction for a nationally recognized program. He/she is responsible for formulating and implementing plans and policies necessary to carry out the Institute’s mission; ensures that the NIDCR has sound fiscal and administrative practices that promote accountability, effective monitoring, responsiveness, and flexibility; and oversees NIDCR collaborative research efforts with other professional groups, governmental and nongovernmental, to enable the most effective interaction of ideas and approaches. In addition, he/she represents NIDCR and coordinates activities with the Office of the Director, NIH, with other NIH Institute and program officials, with components of the Department of Health and Human Services, and with the various other federal agencies, Congress, national and international agencies, private foundations, and professional and lay organizations with common interests. He/she provides professional guidance and leadership to the Directors of NIDCR Offices, Programs, and Divisions, as well as the NIDCR intramural program; is responsible for the overall direction of the staff to attain the most effective and efficient operation of the total program; and serves as the lead representative of NIDCR to professional societies and the advocacy community by attending meetings and conferences, giving presentations to scientific and advocacy groups, and engaging in discussions with all relevant stakeholders. To support its mission, the NIDCR has an annual budget of approximately $450 million and a staff totaling approximately 235 FTEs. 


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. Applicants must possess an DDS, DMD, PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. In addition, the incumbent must have experience and demonstrated ability in the administration and management of a major national research program as well as broad familiarity and working knowledge of dental, oral, and craniofacial research. The incumbent must possess in-depth knowledge and personal research experience in one or more of the NIDCR research areas. The scientific implications of the research programs will benefit from extensive experience and knowledge of federal research grants administration. Applicants must be leaders who are experienced in giving presentations nationally to broad audiences, including researchers, policy makers, and the general public. They should be known and respected within their discipline, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific competence. Applicants must also have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing program objectives and priorities; have the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources; and coordinate a research portfolio involving extensive internal and external collaboration.


The Director, NIDCR, 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).

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 NIDCR 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) at 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.

To Apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, copy of degree, and bibliography. In addition, applicants 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 Ms. Mariela Light at by the below closing date.


Last Reviewed
December 2019