Director, Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (Senior Investigator - Research)


National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services


Bethesda, Maryland


To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and bibliography (including a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from other groups which are underrepresented in biomedical research), statement of research interest, and three letters of recommendation to: Jamie Hertzfelt, Chief of Staff; Office of the Scientific Director, Vacancy # NIA-IRP-20-07, National Institute on Aging, NIH Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Blvd., Suite 100, Room 04C232, Baltimore, Maryland 21224 or email  Applications and letters of recommendation must reference Vacancy #NIA-IRP-20-07 for consideration.  Review of applications will begin on/about June 19, 2020, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The Intramural Research Programs (IRPs) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), both major research components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), are recruiting for a director (senior investigator – research) of the newly established Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD), located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  

CARD, which organizationally falls within the NIA/IRP, is a translational science-centered research program that seeks to initiate, stimulate, accelerate, and support research in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD), leading to the development of improved understanding, treatments, and cures. 


The tenure-eligible position requires a Ph.D. or M.D. (or M.D./Ph.D.) or equivalent doctoral degree in neuroscience or related fields with long-term research experience in neurodegenerative diseases including AD/ADRD that may include studying disease pathogenesis such as genetics, molecular and cellular biology, animal models, neuropathology, neuroimaging biomarkers, or patient-oriented research and clinical trials. Candidates should have a strong track record in developing translational research and in developing testable hypotheses about biological pathways for causal associations in neurodegenerative diseases, with emphasis on AD/ADRD. Experience in the use of genetic, genomic, and clinical “big data,” especially those available in "public" domains, would be highly desirable.  Applicants should have a strong record of peer-reviewed funding in the aforementioned areas and an outstanding publication record, including articles in the fields relevant to this position.

The incumbent director is expected to provide leadership for a diverse group of intramural investigators including the future recruitment of individuals who will be actively engaged in cutting-edge research on and development of therapeutic approaches to AD/ADRD. The preferred applicant is expected to coordinate and implement strong collaborative projects in multidisciplinary research and to have demonstrated ability to stimulate and lead collaborative interactions among scientists at multiple institutions, nationally and internationally. Experience in scientific leadership, personnel management, and complex budgets is required.

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full civil service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available. NIA may be able to pay relocation expenses. All employees of the federal government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Additional information regarding the NIA/IRP and NINDS/IRP is available at the following websites: and

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