Associate Director, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Associate Director
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Associate Director (AD), Division of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR). The Associate Director offers an exciting opportunity to assume a policy-making role within the senior leadership at DBDR, shaping the future of hematologic research and leading internationally renowned programs that integrate basic science and translational research. The Associate Director, along with the Division Director, establishes the scientific priorities for the Division in basic and translational research and complements and integrates the work of other Division leaders, including the Chief Medical Research Officer, that is focused on the clinical components. 

The Associate Director will provide programmatic oversight of the basic and translational research branch chiefs while participating in a cooperative effort to accomplish Division and Institute goals. This includes senior level oversight of the activities of the Molecular, Cellular, and Systems Blood Science Branch (MCSB) and the Translational Blood Science and Resources Branch (TRRB). 

The Associate Director will be expected to be a leader in NHLBI and at the trans-NIH and trans-Agency levels in the domains of basic science, transfusion medicine and blood disorder research, bioengineering, and gene and cell therapy. The Associate Director will serve as a DBDR and NHLBI resource on relevant grants policy, allocations, and leading the grant application referral process.

The Associate Director will oversee the direction of national and international research programs focused on basic science and translational research (e.g. HARP, Natural History Data Resource, Cure Sickle Cell, OMICS/TOPMED) in order to keep the Director informed of innovative areas of research in blood disorders that supports scientific discovery in basic and translational research that is essential to keep these programs evolving, relevant, and focused on reducing human disease due to blood disorders. 

The Associate Director will have established and continue to foster extensive internal and external collaborative relationships that help advance the scientific priorities of DBDR in basic and translational research. 

Specific skills, education and experiences candidates must possess include:

  • Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree and specialized multidisciplinary blood disorder focused expertise in biochemistry, bioengineering, cell biology, physiology, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, and/or genomics.
  • Broad knowledge of blood disorder research from the basic level through translational, or bench to bedside research, including an understanding of rare blood disorders.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of blood science and the translatability of that science to reduce human disease. Given the explosion of science and discovery in omics, gene and cell therapy, the stem cell niche and the role of relevant blood cells in contributing to reducing human disease, there is a unique need to have an incumbent who can bring this relevant expertise in understanding basic and translational research in blood disorders.
  • Experience as a scientist and administrator, with impeccable personal qualities, integrity, vision, collaborative philosophy, and outstanding communication skills. 
  • Ability to assimilate data quickly in order to make informed decisions on behalf of NHLBI and speak to outside stakeholders in a variety of blood disorder areas. 

If you are a current Federal title 5 employee, you must have one year of equivalent experience at the GS-14 level or above.

The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

Applicants must submit the following documents to by February 22, 2024 for consideration:

  • Cover letter addressing the required specific skills and discussing how you are actively engaged in original biomedical research that is considered to be outstanding. Please also include a statement indicating how you have promoted equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility and describing your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.
  • CV/Resume – To be eligible for this position, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national and indicate U.S. citizenship status on their resume.

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For questions please contact Ariel Herman at

HHS, NIH, and NHLBI are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

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