Director, Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking a senior-level scientist with expertise in medications development, experience in design methodology of clinical trials, and knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations to lead the Institute’s Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences (DTMC). As a federal biomedical research institution, NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. Specifically, NIDA seeks to understand the biomedical and social causes and consequences of drug addiction throughout the world.
As one of NIDA’s four extramural research divisions, DTMC’s primary goal is to facilitate the development of therapies to treat substance use disorders (SUDs). The Division also investigates the medical consequences of drug abuse, in particular that of HIV/AIDS; the Division’s work is highly impactful. For example, DTMC designed, funded, and executed the clinical trials that led to the approval of Nasal Narcan® to treat opiate overdose.
This is a Scientific Executive position that offers a unique and challenging opportunity to direct an extramural scientific program of national and international scope within NIDA. As a Scientific Executive, the Director, DTMC, is one of the eight senior leaders at NIDA and a key advisor to the Institute Director. The Director, DTMC, provides senior leadership for the development and administration of an international preclinical and clinical research program focused on developing innovative behavioral, biological, and pharmacological treatment approaches for cocaine, methamphetamine, opiate, cannabis, and tobacco use disorders. The Director, DTMC also oversees the development and administration of an international program of studies to improve the treatment of HIV/AIDS in drug abusing populations. The Director, DTMC, provides high-level leadership and management for the Division’s research programs, including supervisory oversight of DTMC’s resource allocation, six branches, and a staff of 28 extramural scientists and 4 administrative staff. The current DTMC budget is approximately $170M.
The successful candidate will possess an M.D., and/or Ph.D. degree, and will have knowledge of neuropsychopharmacology and experience in medications development, including the design and execution of multi-site clinical trials. Managerial experience in medications development within the biotechnology or pharmaceutical sectors is highly desirable. The individual must also have demonstrated ability to manage personnel, budgets, and timelines across multiple fiscal years.
The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salarycommensurate with his/her qualifications. Full federal benefits will be provided including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent).
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Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.
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How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, including a brief description of research and administrative experience, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and contact information for five individuals who can serve as references to NIDA at NIDADTMCSearch@mail.nih.gov. For further information about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Christopher Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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