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Career Opportunities

Director, Office of Clinical Research Affairs (OCRA)
Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader for the position of director, Office of Clinical Research Affairs (OCRA), Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID). DMID is the lead NIAID extramural division responsible for research on all infectious human pathogens (other than HIV) and all infectious diseases (other than AIDS), including biodefense. DMID has taken on a critical role as the lead component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in efforts to develop countermeasures for potential agents of bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases.

DMID’s clinical research program has grown exponentially to comprise numerous clinical trial networks and an extensive portfolio of clinical research and interventional clinical trials evaluating vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics. In addition to a robust general infectious diseases clinical research program, DMID has an aggressive biodefense research program to develop diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments to protect the U.S. population. A large focus of the DMID biodefense program is advanced product development with a concomitant goal-oriented, milestone-driven critical clinical development path.

The director, OCRA, serves as a key advisor to DMID leadership on all clinical research issues and performs a wide variety of duties and responsibilities related to the implementation of clinical studies. Responsibilities for this position include overseeing the design, conduct, and evaluation of DMID-supported domestic and international clinical trials; oversight of clinical trial networks; providing advice on new initiatives and directions with respect to clinical research; ensuring compliance of DMID extramural clinical research with Government policies, regulations, and guidelines; consulting with voluntary and professional health and research organizations, pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, and other groups as needed to identify and meet clinical research needs.

The director must facilitate implementation of trials in challenging circumstances, including time-sensitive protocols, large multicenter and multicountry trials (such as phase 3 trials), and trials in non-typical sites. Many research projects are of broad and complex scope to treat problems that are exceptionally difficult and may require unconventional/novel approaches or complex research techniques. The director must identify and resolve a variety of complex clinical trials management, policy, and administrative issues that require close coordination and collaboration with other programs at NIAID, NIH Institutes, federal agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and patient advocacy and community groups.


Education Requirement:

  1. Successful completion of the requirements for Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or equivalent, from a school in the United States or Canada. This degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association; Association of American Medical Colleges; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association; or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. For further information, please visit OPM’s qualification standard; OR
  2. Successful completion of a Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States that was demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); OR
  3. Possession of a Fifth Pathway certificate through the successful completion of premedical education in the United States AND graduate education from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States; OR
  4. Successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

Licensure Requirement:
You must have an active, current, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. NOTE: You will be required to provide your licensure or registration information within the assessment questionnaire.

Graduate Training Requirement:
Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, you must have at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in a hospital or an institution accredited for such training. Graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Descriptions of such programs are described below:

  • An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); OR
  • A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in a hospital or an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association, (AMA) or Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); OR
  • A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or an institution accredited in the United States for such training.

Additional Qualification Requirements:
To qualify at the GP-15 level, your resume must demonstrate at least five years of graduate training in the specialty of the position to be filled, or five years of equivalent experience and training.

Salary is commensurate with experience, and a full package of benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent).

To Apply:
Visit and access the detailed vacancy announcement #NIH-NIAID-DH-23-11758096 beginning March 10, 2023. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on March 14, 2023. All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials of NIAID.

Visit NIAID Careers to learn more about NIAID and how you can play a role in this exciting and dynamic research organization.

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibilty.


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