Search for NIGMS Director Resumes


The search for the next director of NIGMS has officially restarted. If you want to play a leading role in shaping the future of biomedical research, see the just-issued vacancy announcement for details on how to apply. If you know of others who might be interested in this position, please share this information with them.

The NIGMS director is the Institute’s “chief visionary,” setting goals, priorities and policies. He or she oversees a budget of $2.4 billion, which funds basic research in cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical technology, bioinformatics, computational biology, and selected behavioral and clinical areas. NIGMS also supports a significant amount of research training and has programs designed to develop and increase the diversity of the biomedical and behavioral research workforce.

To learn more about the Institute’s values and goals, see its strategic plan and its strategic plan for training.

Former NIGMS directors have had distinguished records of research, leadership, management and outreach/communication.

The search committee, which I co-chair with National Human Genome Research Institute Director Eric Green, will begin reviewing applications in the early fall.

7 Replies to “Search for NIGMS Director Resumes”

    1. If memory serves, the previous search identified a candidate who accepted the position but then at the last minute balked and did not come.

    1. According to the NIH Office of Human Resources, there is no specific range; the NIH director, who is the selecting official, will determine the salary based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

    1. The search committee members are:

      • Story Landis, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (co-chair)
      • Eric Green, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (co-chair)
      • Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      • Stanley Fields, Professor, University of Washington
      • Carol Greider, Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
      • Steven McKnight, Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
      • Roderic Pettigrew, Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
      • Suzanne Pfeffer, Professor, Stanford School of Medicine
      • Joan Steitz, Professor, Yale School of Medicine
      • Bruce Stillman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
      • Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute

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