National Institutes of Health

Otolaryngologist Scientist for Senior Investigator

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Department of Health and Human Services
Chief of Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery Service

The Division of Intramural Research, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), located in Bethesda, MD, is seeking a tenure eligible Otolaryngology-Surgeon Scientist to serve as the Chief of Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery Service and to establish an independent translational and clinical research program in one of the NIDCD mission areas related to human communication. The NIDCD clinical research mission areas include normal function and disorders of the head and neck affecting hearing, balance, paranasal sinuses, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Service (OHNSS), NIDCD: (1) builds and fosters a vibrant clinical consult service that leverages collaborations with other NIH Institutes, the Clinical Center, academic and governmental institutions; (2) builds clinic capacity for patients seen on NIDCD and other NIH clinical research protocols; (3) provides superior quality and safe patient care, supported by standard operating procedures implemented by all clinic personnel; (4) coordinates services and care provided in clinic by physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and medical and research personnel; 5) oversees credentialing and peer review of providers; and (6) coordinates training of clinical fellows, residents, and students.

The Chief of the OHNSS (COHNSS) will coordinate staff scheduling for the weekday otolaryngology consult and research clinics, and ensure 24/7 clinical coverage for the NIDCD clinical program. The COHNSS provides day-to-day oversight of personnel and their clinic activities supporting the NIDCD Clinical Research Program, and supervises staff physicians, nurse practitioners, contractors, other Licensed Independent Practitioners, and the NIDCD Patient Coordinator in support of care of patients on NIDCD and NIH clinical protocols. The COHNSS has responsibility to 1) provide and coordinate high quality patient care by otolaryngology- head and neck surgery, audiology, voice and speech pathology, nursing and other specialties as applicable; 3) ensure safety of research participants and patients; and 4) coordinate and provide clinical research training and supervision for fellows, residents and medical students.

We welcome applications from candidates with clinical and translational laboratory research interests in disorders affecting NIDCD’s mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. Preference will be given to candidates whose research or approaches complement those of our existing strong programs in genetics, cell biology, immunology, and clinical research.

The NIDCD offers an excellent working environment including well-equipped basic and clinical research laboratories, genomic, audiology, imaging, and flow cytometry core facilities; state-of-the-art clinic, testing and inpatient units in the NIH Clinical Center; and numerous opportunities for collaboration. The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of scientists and clinicians at the forefront of research on communication disorders.

The position includes a generous start-up allowance, recently renovated research and office space, laboratory resources, and positions for personnel and trainees.


  • Candidates must possess an M.D., be board-eligible or board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,
  • Have surgical sub-specialty fellowship training,
  • Have postdoctoral research experience,
  • A record of outstanding publications, and evidence of national recognition.

Salary is commensurate with training and relevant research experience. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available for this position. For full detailed application procedures, go to the vacancy announcement at and search NIH-NIDCD-DH-21-11045792. Opening March 29, 2021 and closing April 7, 2021. You may also apply now by submitting the below listed documents to with the subject line: Otolaryngologist Scientist.

When applying, please submit:

  • CV-Official transcript/Foreign equivalent;
    Include in the CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.
  • Statement of duties Bibliography
  • List of mentees
  • List of 5 publications
  • Copies of 2 papers
  • Description of future plans
  • Names and contact information for 6 references willing to provide a Letter of Recommendation, upon request.

If you have questions about this position, please contact Brett Christensen, Administrative Officer at

If you have questions about applying for this position, please contact Brittany Williams at or call 301-435-5721. More detailed information about NIDCD’s Division of Intramural Research may be found at

Applications will be reviewed starting April 8, 2021.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage application from women and minorities.

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Last updated: 2021-04-14