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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research

Tuesday, April 8, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
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The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is currently conducting a search to fill the position of Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR). This position is located in Rockville, Maryland.

Please bring this opportunity to the attention of appropriate candidates and to seek your recommendation of highly qualified individuals for consideration.  Please contact Mr. Michael Rosenthal, NCMRR Search Committee Executive Secretary, by e-mail at:, with the names of outstanding candidates for this important position of scientific leadership within the NICHD.  Your referral of minority and female candidates is particularly encouraged.

The NCMRR is a major source at NIH of research and training to promote the health, productivity, independence, and quality of life for people with disabilities.  The NCMRR focuses on such areas of research as:  improving movement, promoting recovery, adapting to a disability, and understanding body-injury responses; health promotion and prevention of injury and disability; technology development to improve the diagnosis, treatment and everyday functioning of people with disabilities; developing assistive devices and bioengineering technologies to promote function and participation; evaluating rehabilitation effectiveness; and training researchers and medical professionals in rehabilitation methods and techniques.

This is a senior leadership position within the NICHD, involving the management of scientific, policy and administrative matters of the Center. The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the Director, NICHD, on extramural scientific and policy issues in the field of medical rehabilitation research, oversees the activities of NCMRR’s research programs and manages scientific peer review, award, and post-award activities related to research, development, and training grants and contracts in medical rehabilitation research. The incumbent guides and directs NCMRR staff on matters relevant to the conduct its extramural research and training activities; manages resource allocations including staff, physical, and financial resources; maintains staff through recruitment and training efforts; and ensures effective program operations. The incumbent serves as a staff expert and consultant to senior level NIH and NICHD officials and staff on issues related to medical rehabilitation research.  NCMRR’s extramural research programs involve over 150 research projects, a budget in excess of $66 million, and a staff of 9 individuals. 

In addition, there will be opportunity for the NCMRR Director to engage in independent research within the NIH intramural research community.

The successful candidate must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and have demonstrated scientific leadership and/or senior-level research experience in a program of national and international standing in medical rehabilitation research or related fields.  We are seeking candidates who have a compelling vision for the future of the field, proven experience in managing and directing a scientific research program, and well-honed administrative and interpersonal skills.  Preference will be given to those known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as distinguished individuals of outstanding scientific competence and those who possess a record of achievement as a senior scientific administrator/executive leader.

Additional details about the position and the application process can be found at this link:   Please note that applications are due by June 1, 2014.

Your assistance in this important recruitment effort is much appreciated.



                                                                        Leighton Chan, M.D., MPH

                                                                                               Chief, Rehabilitation Medicine Department

           Clinical Center, NIH, and

           Chair, NCMRR Search Committee

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