The Role

THE POSITION: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR). NHLBI is a national and international leader in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. The NCSDR Director position offers an exciting opportunity for scientific and managerial leadership in basic, translational, clinical and implementation sleep and circadian research, sleep research training, and sleep public health; the coordination across multiple specialties, agencies and public interest organizations; and communication of complex clinical issues to a broad audience.

Responsibilities will include: transferring knowledge generated from basic and clinical research to the public health activities within the DHHS, Federal agencies, and the private sector; coordinating the Federal Government’s efforts in research, health education, and research training related to sleep-disordered breathing and the fundamental function of sleep and circadian rhythms; supporting extramural research, training, education, and dissemination of health information to health care professionals and the public and other activities related to sleep, circadian biology and sleep disorders; coordinating sleep research activities with related activities of other Federal agencies, other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), and public and professional profit and nonprofit organizations; preparing a comprehensive plan for conducting and supporting research on sleep, circadian biology, and sleep disorders and working to facilitate implementation; and providing leadership and coordination over the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board for the recommendations made to the Director, NIH, the Director, NHLBI, and executive leaders within other NIH ICs, as well as other Federal agencies.  The NCSDR Director must have a remarkably broad range of skills and experience and superior managerial and leadership qualifications, as well as clinical understanding of sleep and its widespread ramifications across all ages.

Information about the Division and the NCSDR is available at:

About You

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The NHLBI seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization.  The successful candidate will have an established reputation as a professional with leadership in sleep and/or circadian research community and demonstrated broad visionary capabilities in sleep and circadian biology research. The ideal candidate must also have the ability to foster far-reaching multi-disciplinary basic, clinical, translational, and implementation research as well as senior level research experience, management experience, interpersonal skills, and the ability to engage stakeholders. Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or doctoral level degree in health and allied sciences.  The successful candidate will be a well-respected, accomplished individual with maturity, integrity, and outstanding communication skills.  This position will be filled under a Title 42 (f) excepted service appointment.

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SALARY/BENEFITS: The Director, NCSDR will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided. The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: 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.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The National Institutes of Health inspires 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 the NIH Ethics Website. We encourage you to review this information. The position 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 U.S. 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) website. 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.


HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit a current Curriculum Vitae, copy of degree, bibliography, and full contact details for three references.   In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements:  a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each).  Applications can be sent to Applications will be accepted beginning on July 12, 2019.  The closing date is August 12, 2019.