Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Director, Vaccine Research Center

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader for the position of Director of the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center (VRC). NIAID supports and conducts basic, applied, and clinical research to better understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. The VRC conducts vaccine and biomedical research that leads to fundamental advances in knowledge regarding protective medical countermeasures and field-shifting biomedical technologies. The VRC’s mission is to discover and develop novel vaccines and biologics targeting infectious diseases of global public health importance. More information about the VRC and its scope of research activities can be found here.

NIAID seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to serve as the director.

The VRC Director reports to the NIAID Director and provides overall executive direction and scientific leadership for VRC’s basic, clinical, and translational research activities. The position also serves as a principal advisor to the NIAID Director on vaccines and related biomedical research affairs. In addition, the incumbent serves as an expert consultant and advisor both nationally and internationally on the development of novel vaccine and biologics strategies targeting HIV and other biodefense and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, such as influenza, Ebola/Marburg, West Nile virus, coronavirus-associated disease (such as SARS-CoV-2, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), malaria, tuberculosis, alphavirus-associated disease such as Chikungunya, and the Western/Eastern/Venezuelan class of encephalitides.

Key responsibilities of the position include prioritizing VRC mission goals and objectives to shape the strategic development process; promoting and ensuring conduct of collaborative research and advancing the scientific exchange of information within the VRC and beyond; developing, directing, and coordinating VRC’s basic research laboratories as well as its translational and clinical research programs, which are modeled as the NIH equivalent of a fully self-contained biotechnology organization, and encompass preclinical testing in animal models (Translational Research Program); process development and cGMP manufacture of controlled quality materials for human clinical studies (Vaccine Production Program); clinical trial protocol development, design, and analysis (Clinical Trials Program); pharmacovigilance, clinical monitoring, and regulatory compliance (Regulatory Science and Strategy Program); and basic and translational B cell immunobiology research, and development/deployment of novel high throughput automated immunoassays (Vaccine Immunology Program). The VRC Director determines current VRC research effectiveness and recommends developing new or revised programs to meet national public health needs and serves in a lead role in overarching NIAID/NIH/United States Government pandemic preparedness and response activities. The position oversees program operations, including technology transfer and licensing, program planning and evaluation, and financial and administrative management.

Along with the primary responsibility of leading the team of VRC investigators, the successful candidate is also expected to establish their own cutting-edge independent research program for which resources will be available.


The VRC is currently home to a highly productive and interactive team of internationally recognized basic, translational, and clinical researchers. Applicants must be both highly capable and enthusiastic about being a leader and member of such a dynamic team. Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, be a U.S. citizen, and exhibit exceptional demonstrated leadership ability managing complex basic, translational, and clinical research programs encompassing cutting edge frontiers of virology, immunology, genetic bioengineering, structural and molecular biology, pathogenesis, and laboratory animal medicine. The successful candidate will possess the training and experience to lead complex, multidisciplinary, and collaborative activities and help advance the NIH “discovery to health” pathway accelerating potential availability of effective vaccines and biologics. Candidates must have a detailed understanding of vaccinology, immunology, virology, and pathogenesis as related to HIV and other infectious diseases; and of the strategies and principles involved in the development of novel medical countermeasure platform technologies.

If you are ready for an exciting leadership opportunity, please see the detailed job announcement at
Executive Careers at NIH
for more information about the position and how to apply. Review of applications will begin on July 21, 2022 and applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled.

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.

Interventional or Structural Cardiologist opportunities in East Texas
The Heart Institute of East Texas
936-632-1092   |

2 Immediate Openings Available

Interventional or Structural Cardiologist opportunity in East Texas

Join 12 Cardiologists
3 Nurse Practitioners
H-1B, J1, 01 visa sponsorships available
Base Salary: $550,000
Full benefits, Relocation
Call Rotation 1:7
Partnership Opportunities
Malpractice Paid
Professional Funds Allowance: CME Credits
Job code ET310

About Us:

The Heart Institute of East Texas is a premier cardiology group committed to serving and enhancing the well-being of residents of the East Texas Region for over 40 years. The Heart Institute of East Texas team has 12 Cardiologists (9 Interventional Cardiologists, 2 General Cardiologists, 2 Electrophysiologists) and 3 Nurse Practitioners provide high-quality, cost-effective, proactive, diagnostic, and therapeutic heart & vascular service. The cardiologists at The Heart Institute were instrumental in starting the CV Surgery Program at both CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial and Woodland Heights Medical Center. Our 10 peripheral outreach clinics serves over 350,000 residents.  The Heart Institute of East Texas offers our own state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility. (Rhythm clinic, cardiac catheterization, laboratory, accredited nuclear, echo cardiac imaging, Heart Failure and Vein & Vascular Clinics) We are committed to always being at the leading edge of Heart and Vascular Care in Deep East Texas.  CHI St. Luke’s Health – Memorial in Collaboration with the Cardiologists at The Heart Institute of East Texas Received the Highest Recognition HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence Designation in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and Pioneer Award in 2019 from ACC – one of the first 10 hospitals to receive such an award and highest accreditations in Heart Failure, Chest Pain, Cath Lab with PCI & Electrophysiology. The practice was awarded with TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Gold Award in 2019. Our physicians have been named Texas Super Doctors every year for fifteen straight years by Texas Monthly and are consistently voted Best Cardiologists in Lufkin by readers’ choice of the Lufkin Daily News.  In 2017, the Heart Institute of East Texas was nominated by both Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and Texas Forrest Country Partnership winner of Small Business of the year. To learn more visit