Deputy Director of Science

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Updated: April 2, 2019
Job ID: 214503
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Rockville, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Deputy Director of Science to support the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) located in Rockville, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DVCIPM.

Responsibilities are to serve as the Deputy Director of Science supporting research efforts in collaboration with the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM).  Responsible for independently conceiving and designing research projects of considerable complexity and difficulty. Works directly in support of the DVCIPM Executive Program Director and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Vice Chair of Centers, Programs and Research and other internal and external stakeholders with a professionalism that fosters relationships of confidence and value while working with all levels of subordinates, supervisors and colleagues. 


  1. Develops new proposals in coordination with the Program Director and other Investigators.  Participates as a Principal Investigator with responsibility over all aspects of research and development.  
  2. Works with the Program Director, Co-Investigators, Postdoctoral Fellows, Program Manager and other associated research staff to coordinate and prepare grant and funding applications.
  3. Responsible for scientific oversight for research proposals working jointly with DVCIPM dedicated research support staff.  Budgetary oversight will be by Program Manager. 
  4. Manages the design and edits of proposals, provides input concerning the impact on available resources, and discusses findings/recommendations with the Principal Investigator(s). 
  5. Supervise the development and submission of grant applications and may perform as the project lead Scientist for any awarded projects.
  6. Ensures the scientific integrity of the program.
  7. Provides statistical support via study design, statistical consultation, data analyses, and results interpretation throughout the courses of studies and assists in the preparation of study reports for presentations and publications.
  8. Maintain proficiency with respect to programming and statistical methodology and in applying new and varied methods. 
  9. Supports/participates in the accomplishment of program-wide initiatives (e.g., pilot/outcome study project, research initiatives, etc.). 
  10. Knowledgeable and proficient with the content of DVCIPM protocols.  Identifies problems in the research design or analysis methodology and trends in outcomes.
  11. Communicates with the Department of Research Programs (DRP) and other appropriate departments and/or institutions ensuring compliance with regulatory affairs and requirements of relevance to the Institutional Review Boards (IRB).  May participate in the IRB review process as an independent representative.
  12. Work closely with USUHS, WRNMMC, HJF and other MTFs to ensure processes that mitigate risk to USU, the Foundation and DVCIPM.
  13. Develops interdisciplinary collaborations within the military and with outside academics and industry partners in pursuit of DVCIPM goals. 
  14. Meet with colleagues on a regular basis to develop good relationships and identify areas for partnership to exchange ideas and learn about opportunities for improvement and/or collaboration
  15. Lead didactic and hands-on training in conducting research with medical residents and graduate students within the Military Health System, enabling trainees to ethically and efficiently conduct research studies and quality/performance improvement studies.
  16. Serves as consultant to physicians, nurses, and other health care personnel offering guidance for the management of designated protocols and recommends approaches and solutions to problems such as protocol compliance.
  17. Trains and supervises technical and scientific staff.
  18. Assist the Executive Director in meeting internal and external commitments to accomplish goals or initiatives, and support special projects related to pain in the Military Health Systems (MHS).
  19. Broadens awareness of DVCIPM projects and priorities, and champion these projects across key stakeholder audiences and the MHS. 
  20. Coordinate and represent the DVCIPM at meetings, or presentations, demonstrating exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.  
  21. Direct the preparation of manuscripts for publication in nationally and internationally recognized professional journals.
  22. Develops reports and presents research findings at local and national meetings and assist in the preparation of research articles for publication in scientific journals. 
  23. Attends meetings, conferences, professional activities, and training, per year as directed or required. May complete speaking presentations, poster presentations or other.
  24. Completes other projects as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of applicable complex clinical, preclinical and scientific procedures and techniques; ability to take initiative, excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Ph.D. in related scientific discipline or M.D. 

Minimum Experience:  6 to 10 years related research experience

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May supervise postdoctoral research associates, research/laboratory assistants, and residents/graduate students participating in research.

Work Environment: Office setting

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.