The mission of NCCIH is to determine, through rigorous scientific investigation, the fundamental science, usefulness, and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. Scientific evidence informs decision making by the public, health care professionals, and health policymakers regarding the integrated use of complementary health approaches in a whole person health framework. Currently, the Division of Extramural Research (DER) supports clinical research trials of both natural products and mind and body interventions that includes early- and mid-phase testing to assess biological signatures of these interventions in humans (and replication of these effects), define appropriate dosage, refine the components and system of intervention delivery, determine optimal frequency or duration of the intervention, assess feasibility, and enhance adherence.

To move the agency closer to accomplishing its mission, NCCIH seeks to recruit an expert meeting the SBRBPAS Clinical Research Evaluation Criteria. The incumbent for this position will oversee: NCCIH-supported clinical research of natural products and mind and body interventions; basic, translational, and clinical research on the interaction of multiple physiological systems; and therapeutic effects of multicomponent interventions with a particular interest in studies conducted in real-world settings and research that focuses on improving health outcomes. The NCCIH scientific and technical expert must have an outstanding record demonstrating: (1) significant experience dealing with complex, precedent-setting evaluation issues that had far reaching implications for clinical research or resulted in a widespread economic effect in the health-care delivery system; (2) an active role in the development of significant scientific research programs that informed regulatory and clinical practice guidelines; (3) experience chairing or invitations to speak at major national or international meetings and/or symposia on topics related to clinical research.

An individual with expertise in clinical trial methodology and leadership roles in major clinical research initiatives that are similar in scope to the NIH HEAL Initiative on Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM), the NIH–DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory (PMC), and/or the NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory is needed. This individual must also have a proven track record of development, administration, and management of research grants, cooperative agreements, and programs focused on biomedical, behavioral, effectiveness, epidemiological research, and research training in the area of complementary and integrative health research. In addition, the individual must be knowledgeable about clinical trial designs, and phases of clinical trials in support of natural products research including U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory requirements in order to advise researchers and ensure the clinical research NCCIH supports uses the most appropriate and rigorous methods to evaluate complementary and integrative health interventions. Complementary and integrative health approaches often are multicomponent interventions or engage multiple therapeutic systems. Their complexity and heterogeneity will require innovative study designs to fully investigate their fundamental science and therapeutic effects. Furthermore, sophisticated analytic tools and methods will be need to be developed to encompass the complexity of multisystem outcomes and their relationships with multicomponent interventions.

Additionally, the incumbent will have a wealth of experience maintaining relationships with researchers and scientific and professional groups at the national and international levels. Finally, it will be expected that the incumbent will be skilled at managing a budget, recognizing and seizing scientific opportunities while still managing constraints in support of the Center’s overall research efforts. In this role, the incumbent will represent the NCCIH at relevant scientific and policy forums and will be expected to contribute to and influence Center policies related to execution of the research program(s) they oversee. The strongest candidate will possess a rare combination of knowledge and educational talent, research experience and leadership as well as the administrative experience to accomplish the strategic objectives to meet NCCIH’s vision for clinical research.
Required Qualifications

Clinical Research Evaluation

In order to qualify for this position, candidates must possess a Master's level or higher degree in:

• engineering
• bioinformatics
• or an emerging or related scientific field.

In addition, candidates must have at least one year of experience related to the position,
including achievements in one or more of the following areas to demonstrate the individual has received recognition as an expert in the field:

• has significant experience dealing with complex, precedent-setting evaluation issues, including those arising during product development that involved significant scientific controversy, had far reaching implications for clinical research or resulted in a widespread economic effect in the health-care delivery system;
• has taken an active role in the development of significant scientific or regulatory guidelines for clinical research evaluation;
• received invitations to speak at or to chair major national or international meetings and symposia; or
• meets other criteria demonstrating sufficient rigor or accomplishment in a relevant or closely related field that is necessary to the accomplishment of NIH's mission.

If you are a current Federal Title 5 employee, you must have one year of equivalent experience at the GS-14 level or above.

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Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

If selected, you will be required to complete a 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.

Foreign Education

This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to 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. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Learn more about Foreign Education.

Reasonable Accommodation

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

Candidates should send their CV/resume to Three letters of reference and transcripts will be required if you are selected, however, this information does not have to be collected at the time of application.


Should you have questions regarding the SBRBPAS position or questions about the application process, please email Annice Lawrence at