Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Biology

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 14, 2020
Position Type

Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Biology

Office of the Director

National Cancer Institute

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

The Person: The NCI is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader to serve as its Deputy Director for the Division of Cancer Biology (DCB). This position reports directly to the Director, DCB. The DCB supports basic research in all areas of cancer biology at academic institutions and research foundations across the United States. DCB provides funding for research that investigates the basic biology behind cancer. Research in the field of basic cancer biology focuses on the mechanisms that underlie fundamental processes such as cell growth, the transformation of normal cells to cancer cells, and the spread, or metastasis, of cancer cells. This research provides the building blocks to new treatments, clinical trials, and improved understanding of the disease. Basic research has enabled much of the progress made over the years in the search for a cure for cancer. For more information on DCB, go to:

The Deputy Director collaborates with the Director in exercising responsibility for: (1) providing scientific expertise in support of the research; (2) scientific planning, resource, partnership, and management of operational administration for the division; (3) oversight of all the division’s grants and cooperative agreement research activities amounting to over 2,,000 grants and $800 million annually; and (4) working with and advising senior leadership on the development and implementation of long-range strategic, scientific, facility, and business plans for the division. Supported research includes investigations of basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer and studies on the role of biological, hormonal, chemical, and physical agents in the initiation and promotion of cancer.

The Deputy Director participates with the Director in exercising the following specific responsibilities:

  • Oversees the activities of the six branches as well as special initiatives and Programs funded by the Division; fosters emerging topics in basic cancer biology, such as cancer systems biology, physical sciences in oncology, and the tumor microenvironment, in order to facilitate the development of the field.
  • Oversees cutting edge cancer research in the field of basic cancer biology that focuses on the mechanisms that underlie fundamental processes such as cell growth, the transformation of normal cells to cancer cells, and the spread, or metastasis, of cancer cells.
  • ​Provides executive and managerial leadership for all division’s resources managing an annual budget of approximately $60 million; supervises/overseeing a staff of 59 professional and administrative staff.
  • Enhances collaborations and partnerships between the NCI Divisions’ research groups in supporting scientific discovery for the prevention, management, and cure of cancer.
  • Facilitates and implements short- and long-range space planning, renovation, and strategic use planning for DCB office facilities.

Position Requirements: The successful candidate will have an MD or PhD in biology or a relevant scientific discipline and have extensive training and experience in cancer biology research. The candidate must be able to manage a national and international basic cancer research program that spans the spectrum from basic through translational research in cancer biology and etiology. The candidate must be an experienced scientist in complex basic cancer research (i.e., basic cancer biology focusing on the mechanisms that underlie fundamental processes such as cell growth, the transformation of normal cells to cancer cells, and the spread, or metastasis, of cancer cells) with a record of outstanding performance and accomplishment. In addition, the candidate must be an experienced manager responsible for supervising scientific and administrative staff, overseeing complex federal research grants and cooperative agreements, collaborating and enhancing partnerships in the cancer research community, and knowledge of state-of-the-art technologist in cancer research.

Salary/Benefits: This position will be filled under a Title 42 excepted service appointment. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate not-to-exceed $248,000. A recruitment or relocation bonus 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). The successful candidate may be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and three references letters. In addition, applicants must prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each). Send the application package to: NCI will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2020 and plans to have the position open for 30 days.

You may contact Kelly Barch at: for more information about this vacancy.

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers

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