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Pharmacist (Investigational Drug Control Unit)

National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland
salary ranges from $135,270 to $154,996 per year
Closing date
Jan 5, 2024

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Position Type
Clinical Pharmacist
Specialty Area
Drug Information, Other
Work Setting
Health System, Other

Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health

Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center



GS-0660-13 – Pharmacist (Investigational Drug Control Unit)

Are you an innovative, energetic, Pharmacist bored with the daily grind of traditional pharmacy roles? Do you daydream about a career that inspires you and where you can make a difference? Are you looking for a new leadership challenge in a place where what you do each day impacts millions of lives? If this sounds like you, the National Institutes of Health’s Investigational Drug Program is looking for you. What we do here changes the world!


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center (CC) Pharmacy Department is seeking a highly motivated Pharmacist in the Investigational Drug Research Service, providing pharmaceutical care and research support for the patients and study participants enrolled in the NIH Intramural Research program in our 200-bed federal research hospital.


The NIH Clinical Center is the research hospital on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD, where NIH scientists and volunteer patients partner to create new medical innovations. Some of the Clinical Center’s numerous successes include pioneering the cure of cancerous solid tumors with chemotherapy; the use of nitroglycerin to treat heart attacks; identifying a genetic component in schizophrenia; conducting the first successful replacement of a mitral valve to treat heart disease; creating blood tests to identify both Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and hepatitis; and contributing to the development of mRNA vaccine technology.


These and innumerable other research advances originating from the Clinical Center are now standard practice in medical and pharmaceutical care throughout the world. The rapid translation of scientific observations and laboratory discoveries into new approaches for diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease has improved and saved countless lives. The 200-bed Clinical Center has been the leader in “bench-to-bedside” medicine and is the largest hospital in the world dedicated exclusively to research. About 1,600 clinical research studies are underway at the Clinical Center, including protocols focused on cancer, infectious diseases, blood disorders, heart disease, lung disease, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Most of these studies involve investigational medications, which are managed by the Investigational Drug Research Service Pharmacy.


The successful candidate for this position will be an exceptionally talented, knowledgeable, and motivated pharmacist with experience managing clinical trials, supporting new drug development processes, and providing investigational drug management services.


The Pharmacist for the Investigational Drug Service is a subject matter expert on federal regulations and can interpret regulatory guidelines, policies, and standards, including GCP, ICH, USP 797, and USP 800. The candidate must demonstrate a mastery of concepts and application of drug information principles, managing investigational drugs, continuous quality improvement, and clinical research, including research methodologies, protocol design, implementation, and analysis.


For this position, the highly desired candidate will also have post-graduate residency training or clinical fellowship, board certification, and at least 3-5 years of investigational drug pharmacy practice experience. The position is in the Investigational Drug Services Section of the Pharmacy Department, CC.


The selected candidate will join in an incredible multidisciplinary team practicing in an environment of progressive, integrated pharmaceutical services. The Investigational Drug Pharmacist position will collaborate with world-renowned physicians and clinical scientists conducting pioneering clinical research. In addition, the selected candidate will serve as a recognized agency expert and program authority to develop new policies and regulations for administering programs or services and new developments to solve problems requiring new approaches.


Our Investigational Drug Pharmacists support the research efforts of the NIH Intramural Research Program, including, but not limited to, participation in the design and conduct of clinical trials and Institutional review Board, Drug Safety and Monitoring Board, and Safety Monitoring Committee membership. This support extends to collaborating with the clinical pharmacy specialists and pharmacy operations to facilitate the implementation of Institute protocols through the Pharmacy Department. In addition, the Investigational Drug Pharmacists share the responsibility for educating future pharmacists and physician and clinician scientists through traditional lectures and experiential precepting of students, residents, and fellows.


Opportunities for pharmacotherapy-based research, teaching, and publishing are available. The Pharmacy Department offers state-of-the-art services in an ultra-modern facility. The NIH Clinical Research Center is located on a 300-acre college-like campus and is the hospital where the intramural research of the NIH’s 27 institutes and Centers is conducted.


Applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, territory of the U.S., the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, or meet the minimum educational requirements as described in the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS. The generous benefits packages associated with federal employment are also included. The salary ranges from $135,270 to $154,996 per year.

For information about the position call Paula Barton, BS MS PharmD JD at (301) 594-1815 or e-mail To learn more about the Pharmacy and NIH, please visit or the NIH website at The NIH CC vacancy announcement for this position contains complete application procedures and lists all mandatory information which you must submit with your application. This announcement will be available from Thursday, January 18, 2024, until midnight on Friday, January 26, 2024. Please visit the USAJOBS website

at and search Keyword: Pharmacist; Location: Montgomery County, MD.


This position’s announcement number is NIH-CC-DH-24-12233853. All application materials must be received before midnight on Friday, January 26, 2024.


U.S. Citizenship requirement must be met by the closing date of Friday, January 26, 2024.

  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Weekend and shift work may be required.
  • Pre-employment health screening is required.
  • This position is listed as a NIH Employee Designation: Emergency Essential.
  • We have 2 openings.


Questions on application procedures in USAJOBS may be addressed to the HR Specialist, Javonna Welch, at 301-496-4498 or via e-mail


HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, without discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, age or membership, or non-membership in an employee organization. All applicants will be subject to a background investigation.

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