Director, Division of Neuroscience, Development and Aging Center for Scientific Review

Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 29, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director, Division of Neuroscience, Development and Aging

    Center for Scientific Review    

 National Institutes of Health

      Department of Health and Human Services


THE POSITION:  Join our senior scientific team and help lead critical efforts to enhance the scientific review of NIH grant applications. Your creative decisions, leadership and team building could significantly affect the direction of science and health in the U.S. and abroad. The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is seeking a Director for its Division of Neuroscience, Development and Aging (DNDA). If you are selected and join us, you would report directly to the CSR Director and provide scientific leadership for the Division, which handles reviews of applications across a broad range of neuroscience, aging, and biological psychiatry.  The Director of DNDA is a member of CSR’s senior leadership, advises the Director of CSR and other NIH officials on implementing and improving review of the Division’s science, and represents CSR within NIH and to the external scientific community. You would lead approximately 50 Scientific Review Officers (SROs) and the review activities of 50 study sections and special emphasis panels in 5 Integrated Review Groups.  You would provide vital leadership and management of the Division, supervising IRG Chiefs, overseeing recruitment, training, and mentoring selecting and training reviewers and ensuring that peer review principles and practices are applied well and consistently. Top candidates must have an ability to provide strong mentorship and will be expected to create opportunities in support of a diverse workforce, possessing a record of previous accomplishments in these areas.


The DNDA Director, plays a key role in developing plans and providing direction as the peer review process evolves and NIH works to maintain and enhance it. This individual also:1) participates in strategic planning activities for achieving CSR’s scientific and management goals; 2) helps establish policy, principles and practices related to referral and review; and 3) directly implements program and management changes by establishing priorities, coordinating activities, and tracking and reporting progress. Candidates must have a track record demonstrating leadership and executive core qualifications (leading change, leading people, building coalitions, business acumen, and results driven) that will enable them to effectively transition into this leadership role. Additional information on CSR is available on our Web site:,


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must possess a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree, as well as senior-level research experience in a basic, clinical-translational, behavioral or patient-centered area of science. Experience in one or more of the following scientific areas:  basic neuroscience, emerging technologies, genetic, behavioral, cellular-molecular and integrative approaches, as well as human clinical-translational and patient-centered studies in neuroscience, aging, and biological psychiatry would be advantageous. Candidates should be a respected, accomplished scientist with maturity, integrity, and outstanding communication skills, who demonstrates both substantial leadership skills and significant management expertise. Visionary leadership characteristics are crucial to attract and nurture outstanding professional staff to best serve the nation’s biomedical scientific mission at the NIH. Applicants should also demonstrate the ability to think strategically and work collaboratively. Strong experience in the principles of peer review is an advantage. 


SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits

including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided. This position is subject to ethics statutes and regulations governing the activities of Federal employees.  The incumbent in this position will be required to complete public financial disclosure reports and is subject to a background investigation.


HOW TO APPLY: Send your Curriculum Vitae, bibliography, the names and contact information for three references, and a two-page cover letter detailing your qualifications, interests, and perspective on CSR. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. All application materials must be received by April 27, 2021. Application packages should be electronically mailed to  For further information about the position or questions about the process, please contact Ms. Lisa Klingensmith at 301-435-1218/ or Ms. Sandy Buchanan at 301-435-1730/


           DHHS, NIH and CSR are Equal Opportunity Employers

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