Director, Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study;
Deputy Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research (DESPR), NIDA
National Institute on Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study; Deputy Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research (DESPR), NIDA. Applicants should demonstrate senior-level experience, a commitment to excellence, and the energy, enthusiasm, executive science administrative skills, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support for research across a broad range of disciplines related to addiction. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination of research results to improve practice and inform policy related to drug abuse and addiction. DESPR’s mission is to improve the nation's public health by promoting integrated approaches to understand and address interactions between individuals and environments that contribute to the continuum of problems related to drug use.
The position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for scientific and managerial leadership in a highly dynamic and diverse area of health research. This position serves as the Director of the landmark, trans-HHS PATH Study with responsibility for providing scientific leadership and direction to its planning, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. The PATH Study was established as a long-term study to generate longitudinal epidemiologic data on tobacco-use behavior and health among the U.S. population. Unlike other national cross-sectional studies that have been used for tobacco-use surveillance, the longitudinal design, detailed assessment of tobacco-use behaviors across 12 different products, inclusion of biomarkers, and examination of health outcomes make the PATH Study the Nation’s most comprehensive effort conducted to date to document tobacco use. The PATH Director provides leadership of multiple trans?NIH/HHS committees and workgroups, and represents NIH on study-wide activities that are required for planning, oversight, management, evaluation, and communications to ensure the success of this project.
This position also serves as the Deputy Director, DESPR, and works with the Division Director to develop and monitor a large (~$320 million in FY16) portfolio of grants and contracts, identify scientific topics in need of strategic development, influence research initiatives and funding decisions, cultivate the careers of future leaders in science and public health, and represent the Division and Institute to national and international audiences. Deputy Director, DESPR, also works with the Division Director to provide leadership and managerial oversight of a professional staff of 30, direct supervision of four federal and three contract staff, and fiscal responsibility of a commensurate operating budget.
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree. Applicants must also possess expert knowledge of epidemiology, services and prevention research related to drug abuse/addictions, particularly tobacco epidemiology. Applicants must also be able to integrate work of several disciplines and levels of analyses and to collaborate within and across multiple government agencies, as well as with industry and regulators. In addition, he/she will possess experience that demonstrates the ability to manage and lead a large and diverse research program having national or international collaborations, scope, and impact, and must possess long-standing experience in the management of large interinstitutional contracts.
Salary/Benefits: The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications. Full federal benefits will be provided including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent).
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.
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FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all 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 ACCOMODATION: 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.
Our mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.
Strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved.
Ensuring the effe...ctive translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder.