Senior Scientist, Chief of Epidemiology, NCCIH

Application review begins: September 20, 2023

The Division of Intramural Research, Office of the Scientific Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking to recruit an exceptional and visionary leader for the position of senior scientist (chief of epidemiology). The mission of the Epidemiology Program (EP) is to conduct high-impact, high-quality cross-sectional and longitudinal studies to provide a national public health perspective on high-priority topics identified in the NCCIH strategic plan. Current topics include the use of complementary health approaches, chronic pain, resilience, whole person health, and health restoration. The new chief of epidemiology will also provide outstanding mentorship to postbaccalaureate and postdoctoral trainees and serve on cross-NIH committees, participating on NIH initiatives providing expertise as needed to the field of epidemiology and population sciences at large. 

The supervisory epidemiologist will bring dynamic vision and leadership to expand and direct the EP’s next phase of research, mentorship, and professional service. The EP is responsible for the design, implementation, and analyses of high-quality surveys and longitudinal studies that further our understanding of complementary health approaches for chronic pain, as well as factors that contribute to resilience, well-being, and health restoration. The chief is expected to establish an independent program of research within the NCCIH’s Intramural Research Program (IRP). We seek applicants with a team orientation who have expertise in areas that complement existing research in the EP and the skills to foster broad collaborations across Federal agencies and academic institutions. 


Bethesda, MD

Required Qualifications

The successful candidates must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. with substantial epidemiology research experience in the topics of pain, resilience, and health restoration, and the use of complementary health approaches in this context. The successful applicant must also have national stature for scholarship, demonstrated success in mentoring, as well as strong leadership and administrative skills. We seek candidates with a deep commitment to promoting a diverse, respectful, and inclusive workplace.


Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A full package of Federal Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). 

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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. NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

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Foreign Education

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the United States 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 United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Additional Information

HHS has a critical preparedness and response mission: HHS protects the American people from health threats, researches emerging diseases, and mobilizes public health programs with domestic and international partners. In support of this mission, HHS offers its employees the opportunity to volunteer to become Federal Civilian Detailees and contribute their unique skills through voluntary temporary assignments to humanitarian emergencies or Departmental priorities countering new and emerging health, safety, and security threats.

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

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, including a brief description of research and administrative experience; curriculum vitae (CV) and bibliography; and full contact information for three references. NIH and NCCIH are committed to building a diverse workforce and promoting an inclusive environment—so please include with 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. Application packages should be sent by email to Questions should be directed to Bernice Duran at the same email address.

Applications will be accepted beginning August 21, 2023, and must be received by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on September 20, 2023, for consideration in the initial review period. Review of applications will begin on or about September 20, 2023. This position is subject to a background check.


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This page was last updated on Tuesday, September 19, 2023