NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ATTORNEY POSITION

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ATTORNEY POSITION

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the General Counsel, Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health Branch in Bethesda, Maryland, is seeking a highly qualified attorney with two or more years’ legal experience to join our staff in providing in-house counsel to the National Institutes of Health.  The NIH Branch attorneys provide comprehensive legal advice and services to NIH on a wide array of highly visible, complex, and often precedential public health matters.  This position, which offers a broad range of experience, significant responsibility and intellectually engaging work, requires creative legal thinking and strong communication skills. This attorney will have direct client contact, interact with colleagues throughout the Office of the General Counsel and officials at other government agencies, and negotiate and work cooperatively with outside counsel.  Salary will range from $89,033 – $136,771 (GS Grades 13-14), commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The NIH supports research via grants to institutions, including colleges and universities, to help prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold.  Located on a 300-acre campus in Bethesda, MD, NIH has a budget of more than $29 billion and is comprised of 27 distinct Institutes and Centers.  These include the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases (including the Vaccine Research Center), the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the Clinical Center, NIH=s medical research hospital. 
Interested applicants who possess a J.D. degree, and have two or more years’ experience, should submit a resume, 1-2 writing samples, and a written statement addressing significant experience in providing legal advice on health-related matters by e-mail to Ms. Karen Nemes at ogcvacancy@mail.nih.gov.  Applicants must possess a J.D. or LL.B. from an ABA-accredited law school and have an active license to practice law in a State, territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Applications must be received by November 21, 2012

All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.