The National Institutes of Health has posted a vacancy announcement for the position of Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The institute’s top leadership position became available in mid-November after Roderic Pettigrew, PhD., MD, stepped down after 15 years as its founding director. He has accepted two senior leadership positions having wide-ranging implications for medical science at Texas A&M University.
The creation of NIBIB was the culmination of a decade-long pursuit for a dedicated center of medical imaging science at the National Institutes of Health. Congressional approval was the result of an extraordinary multi-society advocacy effort that included the American College of Radiology. The campaign generated 13,000 letters of support, leading 11 senators and 171 congressmen to cosponsor its enabling legislation. Bill Clinton signed the legislation in December 2000 in the waning days of his presidency.
NIBIB’s budget has grown from $112 million in fiscal 2001 to $357 million in fiscal 2017. The funds support more than 700 grants and the work of more than 5,000 researchers.
The NIBIB director provides the oversight to a staff of approximately 100 employees on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD. Applicants must possess a medical degree, doctoral degree or equivalent degree. The position requires extraordinary leadership skills, an established national and international reputation in biomedical imaging or bioengineering research, an ability to set research funding priorities, and extensive experience and knowledge of federal research grants administration.
The application deadline is February 22. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.