NIA – Director, Division of Aging

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Join NIA as the Director of the Division of Aging Biology

The National Institute on Aging is seeking an innovative leader to serve as Director of its extramural Division of Aging Biology (DAB). The position is in the Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Aging (NIA), located in Bethesda, MD and reports directly to the NIA Director.

The Division Director serves as the scientific and administrative leader of DAB and provides scientific expertise and strategic vision for the DAB portfolio, including identification of emerging new directions for basic aging research, support of novel technologies, and development of collaborative programs with other NIA extramural divisions, the NIA Intramural Research Program, and other NIH institutes. The Division Director oversees all administrative operations of the DAB and has responsibility for:

  • Scientific planning and strategy
  • Operational administration of the division;
  • Oversight of all the division’s grants and cooperative agreement research activities;
  • Budget management; and
  • Working with and advising NIA senior leadership on the development and implementation of long-range strategic, scientific, facility and business plans for the division.

The division director oversees approximately 34 scientific and administrative staff and an operating budget of $960,000 (not including personnel costs) and oversees extramural research funding of approximately $400 million.

Who Should Apply? 

The successful candidate must have an M.D. and/or Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline and have extensive training and experience in research on the biology of aging or other related disciplines. The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience in collaborative research as documented in publications and more generally will have a history of publications that reflect experience in the requirements of the position.
  • Demonstrated administrative skills in supervising scientific and administrative staff, in overseeing complex research programs, and in collaborating and enhancing partnerships in the aging research community.
  • Exceptional leadership skills, including experience in developing strategic goals, managing human resources and budgetary planning and management.
  • Experience as an NIH grant administrator is not required.
  • A successful candidate will also have demonstrated experience leading people while navigating change and must have a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Eligible candidates who are also active researchers may establish a small laboratory research program in the NIA IRP.

Salary and Benefits

This position will be filled under a Title 42 excepted service appointment. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate may be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict-of interest statutes and regulations, including Standards of Ethical Conduct. U.S. Citizenship is not required.

How to Apply? 

Please send a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, bibliography, a vision statement a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements listed above and a statement on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (please limit statements to two pages each) to, Attn: Jessica Moreno. NIA will begin accepting applications on and plans to have the position open for 60 days or until filled. You may contact with questions and for more information about this vacancy.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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