The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking applications for the position of director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). The OBSSR director provides advice and staff support to the NIH Director and the director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives Associate (DPCPSI). A dual reporting position, the OBSSR director also functions as the NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, serving in a trans-NIH capacity as the NIH focal point for establishing agency-wide policies and goals in behavioral and social sciences research, including coordinating the activities undertaken in the performance of this research.
OBSSR is a very important office for social and behavioral research at the NIH. The Office is congressionally-mandated to serve as the coordinating entity for the advancement of behavioral and social sciences research across all of the 27 NIH institutes and centers (ICs). William T. Riley, Ph.D., Chief of the Science of Research and Technology Branch, Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, is currently serving as the Acting Director of OBSSR. In 2015, OBSSR will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Additional information on the position is available on the NIH’s website. Applications are due October 1.