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Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2020
JOB TITLE: Director, Division of Genomics and Society
DEADLINE: Thursday, August 20th, 2020
LOCATION: National Human Genome Research Institute
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
CONTACT: Anita Whitehurst
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), seeks to identify an outstanding Director for its Division of Genomics and Society. The Director will serve as an important partner with other NHGRI Division Directors in collectively leading NHGRI’s Extramural Research Program and will serve as a key senior leader (one of six Division Directors) within NHGRI. The Director will also serve as a special advisor to the NHGRI Director on ethical, legal, social, behavioral, policy, and educational aspects of genomics research and genomic medicine and will be a direct report to the NHGRI Director. The Director will be responsible for the overall leadership and critical coordination for research programs within NHGRI and beyond, in addition to the coordination of key education, community outreach, and policy development efforts that support NHGRI’s mission. Specifically, the Director will oversee the following three branches – (1) Policy and Program Analysis Branch; (2) Education and Community Involvement Branch; and (3) Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research Branch. The Director will be responsible for overseeing an annual budget of ~$30M and will manage a division of 25 to 30 staff members, half of which will be federal employees. Applicants must have a doctoral-level scientific degree. S/he must also have expertise in several of the following areas: genomics, genomic medicine, biostatistics, bioethics, law, social and behavioral sciences, science education, science policy, science history, health economics, sociology, and theology, public policy, education and community outreach. S/he must have extensive leadership experience commensurate with the responsibility of managing professional-level staff and of providing strategic leadership for major areas of genomics research. Applicants are expected to be internationally recognized and highly accomplished academic scholars in one or more of the above areas. Applicants must have exemplary written and oral communication skills. Evidence of such credentials will be evaluated based on scholarly publications in the field of genomics and/or genetics; research funding in one or more areas stated above; and/or experience presenting at professional conferences, participating in study sections, or serving on advisory committees. Applicants must have expertise in understanding the societal implications of genomic advances, international leadership in providing scientific and strategic management for scientific policies in genomics research and genomic medicine, and skills to inform discussions and decisions about legal, regulatory, and public policy issues. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience. A full Federal benefit package is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, annual and sick leave, and the Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). Interested applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae and bibliography. Questions about the position and applications themselves should be sent to Anita Whitehurst via email at Information provided by the candidates will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NHGRI search process without a signed release from the candidate. Applications will be accepted until August 20th, 2020. DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage applications from women and minorities.

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