Supervisory Medical Officer (Branch Chief) - NHLBI-DH
Department Of Health And Human Services - Montgomery County, MD

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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview .

This position is located in the Lung Biology and Disease Branch (LBDB), Division of Lung Diseases (DLD), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The LBDB Branch conducts and manages an integrated basic and clinical research program to study the etilogy, pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of interstitial and neonatal lung diseases, and critical care medicine. The Branch Chief has the experience and expertise to provide research leadership and has the necessary management skills to lead the scientific and administrative staff in the Branch.
  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • This position has an education requirement.

DUTIES: As a Supervisory Medical Officer (Branch Chief), you will:
  • Provide effective scientific leadership and strategic vision in designing, implementing, and managing a national research agenda.
  • Make recommendations to the Program Director and Division Director regarding policy formulation, scientific directions and use of fiscal resources.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of innovative reviews, consultation with staff, research investigators and scientific advisors to identify gaps and opportunities in research areas. Determine what needs to be met.
  • Oversee preparation of reports on research progress, scientific accomplishments, and other reports and documents for use by the Division and Institute.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of innovative research activities in assigned area, which are supported through the entire range of research grant, cooperative agreement, and contract mechanisms.
  • Medically responsible for clinical trials. Applies clinical expertise and skills in developing large clinical trial protocols evidenced by determining the number of patients in the trials, deciding on the inclusion and exclusion criteria for patients in the trial and obtaining the IND clearances from the FDA, monitoring and oversight of clinical performance, evaluating clinical outcomes and data generated from NHLBI sponsored large clinical trials in order to evaluate progress reports from clinical sites and the coordinating center, evaluating reports of adverse events, recommending and implementing changes in the study protocol including changes in the treatment protocol and termination of the trial where appropriate.


Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed pre-medical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).]

To Qualify at the GS-15 Grade Level:

In order to qualify at the GS-15 level, the applicant must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-14). Examples of Specialized experience include: leading and mentoring a medical staff in a research environment; providing leadership in the planning, directing and coordination of biomedical clinical research programs and activities, including administrative, regulatory and scientific matters; managing and evaluating research projects that are broad and complex in scope and require unconventional approaches or complex research techniques; establishing goals and objectives for assigned research area, and coordinating efforts to facilitate the resolution of critical issues involving accomplishment of the research; reviewing research data and progress reports, and implementing corrective actions needed to achieve established research goals and objectives; making recommendations to senior personnel for facilitating new research efforts, clinical studies, clinical trials, or other initiatives required to meet program needs; and planning and arranging national or regional seminars and symposia leading to the more rapid dissemination of scientific data.

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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education . If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines . Veteran's Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this bulletin will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service.

BENEFITS: The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information .

OTHER INFORMATION: PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

If selected, you will be required to complete Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually.

Physicians Comparability Allowance (PCA) of up to $30,000 per annum may be paid based on the selected physician's assignment, qualifications, experience, and duration of a negotiated service agreement.

A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

NIH may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified people. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus .

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