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Occupational Medical Service (OMS) Medical Director 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Research Services (ORS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking an exceptional candidate to serve as the Supervisory Physician (Occupational Medicine) for the Occupational Medical Service (OMS) within the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS). 

The ideal candidate will provide leadership, direction, and accountability for all aspects of the OMS. This position serves as the OMS Medical Director and is responsible for identifying the direction and priorities for the work-related medical support of a large and complex biomedical research enterprise (involving over 2,000 laboratories that include ABSL-3 and -4 laboratories, over 3.5 million animals, and a quaternary-care hospital), which is located in multiple states. The incumbent will work with employees at every level of the NIH workforce including: the NIH Director and Deputy Director, Institute Scientific and Clinical Directors, Department Heads and Branch Chiefs, supervisors, employees, trainees, students, contractors and visitors. 

The incumbent will have a joint appointment with both the Office of Research Services (ORS) and the NIH Clinical Center. The incumbent will report to the DOHS Director, as well as, have a reporting relationship to the Director of the NIH Clinical Center.  

The Challenge: The OMS Medical Director is an integral leadership position for the NIH, who needs to successfully work across institutional and organizational boundaries. The incumbent provides expert clinical care for potential exposures to a wide variety of biological hazards, including Risk Group 3 and 4 agents, and novel agents designed for experimental use (for example Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, lentiviral vectors). The Medical Director is expected to design, develop, and implement work-related medical and counseling services tailored to meet the needs of the NIH community, and modify them rapidly to meet the changing priorities of the organization. The successful candidate must have a proven record as a clinician and successful manager of a complex adult ambulatory care clinic. More information about the Occupational Medical Service is available at:

Position Requirements:  Candidates must be a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.). Board certification in Family Medicine preferred. Additionally, candidates must have five years of graduate training in the clinical specialty of the position to be filled, Family Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine or Public Health or another relevant clinical area OR equivalent experience and training. Ideally the candidate has at least three years of successful supervisory experience. A solid clinical background in adult ambulatory care medicine (a minimum of five years of progressively responsible clinical care for adults) is ideal. A demonstrated ability to design, develop, and implement procedures that advance practitioners, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff may reference to provide consistent, high quality clinical and administrative support is required. The critical need for common sense and communication skills (oral and written) is essential. The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

Salary/Benefits:  Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation incentive may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).

Equal Opportunity Employment:  Equality is held as one of the most important values here at NIH.  Selection for this and any other position will be based solely on merit.  NIH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.  The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

How to Apply

Starting on Friday, May 1, you may apply at this USAJOBS link - The announcement will close on May 11, 2020.

In the meantime, you can pull together your CV so it can be uploaded into the USAJOBS system. Among other things, please also include in your CV a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

You may contact Timothy J. Tosten, Acting Associate Director for Scientific Resources, ORS at with questions or for more information about this vacancy. 


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