Job opportunity of the month: Director, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, NIAID

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Well, I am posting this here since I am hoping that they get a really really good person for this job and perhaps someone who thinks about the built environment along with microbes and infectious disease.  NIAID – the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease has a new job ad:

Director, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases


I am posting the text of the ad below:

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader for the position of director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID). NIAID supports and conducts basic, translational, and clinical research to better understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

DMID supports research to prevent and control diseases caused by virtually all human infectious agents with the exception of HIV. DMID projects include basic biology of human pathogens and their interaction with human hosts, as well as translational and clinical research toward the development of new and improved diagnostics, drugs, and vaccines for infectious diseases. DMID provides funding opportunities and a comprehensive set of resources for researchers as part of an extramural research portfolio that currently encompasses 300 different organisms, including emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as pandemic influenza, Ebola and Zika viruses, and drug-resistant microbes. The division has a budget of $1.48B (FY 2015) and is composed of six scientific branches and six research support offices with nearly 200 staff members.

The DMID director reports to the NIAID director and provides scientific direction, oversight, and management for this large, complex, and dynamic extramural research program. The DMID director serves as a principal advisor to the NIAID director on biomedical scientific affairs involving infectious diseases other than HIV. The DMID director also serves as an expert consultant, advisor, and spokesperson both nationally and internationally on NIAID infectious disease research activities.

DMID seeks exceptional candidates for the director position.

Key responsibilities of the DMID director position include developing, directing, and coordinating DMID’s basic, translational, and clinical extramural research programs; demonstrating strategic vision to advance the infectious diseases research agenda and field; proactively evaluating research needs on a national and international scale and developing and recommending new programs as needed; formulating and implementing plans for solicitation of new research; overseeing program operations, program planning, and evaluation; managing resource allocations to include staff, physical, and financial resources; recommending policies for the execution of multidisciplinary research; and establishing and maintaining research collaborations with industry and public sector organizations.


Applicants must have an earned M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, be a U.S. citizen, and exhibit exceptional leadership ability managing complex basic, translational, and clinical research programs. Applicants must have experience leading research programs encompassing the frontiers of fields such as immunology, the biology of infectious agents, the development of strategies to prevent and treat infectious diseases, and the development of novel tools and technologies to advance basic and clinical research efforts. The successful candidate will possess the training and experience to lead complex, multidisciplinary, and collaborative activities required to deliver scientific discoveries that will illuminate our understanding of human health and disease. The selected candidate must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance based on a special background investigation with eligibility for sensitive compartmented information (SCI).


Salary is commensurate with experience, and a full package of benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent). Email a one- to two-page cover letter describing the reasons for your interest in the position and your scientific management experience, resume, curriculum vitae, and bibliography to NIAID-DMIDDirector-Apply. Electronic applications are preferred; however, you may submit paper applications to NIAID-DMIDDirector-Apply, NIAID Office of Workforce Effectiveness and Resources, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2G69 Bethesda, MD 20892-9817.

Email NIAID-DMIDDirector-Apply with questions or for more information about the position.

Review of applications will begin on or about March 30, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials of NIAID.

Visit Careers at NIAID to learn more about NIAID and how you can play a role in this exciting and dynamic research organization.

NIH is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community in its training and employment programs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health are proud to be equal opportunity employers.

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.