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Physician, Clinical Investigation Branch

Application Deadline: November 16, 2020

Physician, Clinical Investigation Branch, NCCIH Division of Intramural Research

Position Description

The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) conducts basic, clinical, and translational research focusing on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain. Research projects include investigating the role of the brain in pain processing and control, and how factors such as emotion, attention, environment, and genetics affect pain perception.

The position is located in the DIR, Clinical Investigation Branch (CIB) at NCCIH. CIB promotes high quality mechanistic clinical research targeted at understanding acute pain and the development and maintenance of chronic pain, co-morbid conditions associated with pain, as well as novel nonpharmacologic modalities such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), cognitive-behavioral therapy, and meditation.

Under the CIB, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Research Center (PRC) provides a pain phenotyping platform within the NIH Clinical Center to better understand mechanisms of diverse pain states associated with a variety of diseases, conditions, and disorders, in order to understand the underlying physiological, genetic, and neurobiological mechanisms, and recommend personalized therapies to better manage or prevent the development of chronic pain and opioid abuse. Sensory physiological testing; structural and functional MRI; and behavioral and psychological testing are used to understand how cognitive, emotional, and environmental factors influence chronic pain states. Insights from this research can ultimately be translated into meaningful interventions to provide comfort for those who live with pain. 

As a clinical research physician, the incumbent must demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms of pain and its associated cognitive and emotional factors. The incumbent will collaborate with CIB and other NIH Intramural Research Program researchers studying a variety of pain and associated co-morbid conditions, including the efficacy of therapeutic interventions. The incumbent will serve as an associate investigator on protocols and will be responsible for providing research assistance and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and standards for the conduct of clinical research.

For more information about physician positions and qualification requirements, visit Global Recruitment, and for more information on how to apply under this announcement, please see below.



  • U.S. citizen
  • M.D.


  • Board certification in Pain Medicine, General Neurology, Neurophysiology, Rheumatology, Anesthesiology, or related specialty
  • Relevant training or board certification in internal medicine


Candidates with specialized experience and skills in the following fields are preferred:

  • Experience with medical oversite of research volunteers working in a clinical research environment
  • Familiarity with complexities of centralized resources required for supporting clinical research
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

To Apply

Visit and access the detailed Physician (Research) vacancy announcements

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Apply beginning November 2, 2020.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by November 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

For more information about physician positions and qualification requirements, visit Global Recruitment

If you have questions about how to apply, contact Ms. Jana Kinder

Visit NCCIH DIR for more information about NCCIH’s dynamic intramural research program.

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