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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) is seeking an individual for a full-time position as the Director, Division of Mining Research Operations (DMRO).   

NIOSH’s OMSHR provides national and international leadership in the prevention of work-related illness, injury, and fatalities of mine workers through research and prevention activities.  Some of the world’s most respected experts are employed at OMSHR’s world class facilities located in Pittsburgh, PA, and Spokane, WA.  OMSHR is one of the most technologically advanced mining health and safety research laboratories in the world.  

As a senior member of the OMSHR management team, the Director, DMRO: (1) develops new knowledge, engineering and behavioral interventions, and new technologies to advance and improve mining safety and health; (2) implements and manages the mining research portfolio to accomplish the functional goals of OMSHR; (3) evolves, manages, and operates the laboratory science programs at the Pittsburgh and Spokane facilities and the experimental programs at mines, including the experimental mines on-site in Pittsburgh and Lake Lynn, PA; (4) conducts research-to-practice activities and seeks sufficient funding to enhance innovations in mining; (5) coordinates with the Division of Mining Science and Technology to ensure effective utilization of laboratory and human resources devoted to the mission of the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.  

The DMRO consists of 6 research branches encompassing dust, ventilation and toxic substances; electrical and mechanical systems safety; fires and explosions prevention; ground control; human factors; and hearing loss prevention.  The total staff of DMRO ranges from 180 to 220.  


  • Doctorate in any field of engineering or science utilized in the mining program.
  • Highly interactive interpersonal skills that can be applied to teamwork and collaboration.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including a track record of publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work equally well independently and as part of a larger team.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or have the ability to obtain a Green Card.

  OMSHR is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and has research facilities in both Pittsburgh and Spokane, WA.  The 180-acre Pittsburgh campus includes a cafeteria, credit union, day care center, fitness facility, and free parking all located on-site.  Pittsburgh is a modern metropolis rich in culture, history, and sports, and is noted for a low cost-of-living and award-winning schools.  There are many local parks, biking trails, fresh-water lakes and a scenic river system for boating and skiing at nearby mountain resorts.  Local neighborhoods reflect Pittsburgh's long history and rich diversity.  Pittsburgh offers the quality of life of the big American metro areas without the overwhelming size and complexity of a big city.  

The Spokane facility is a modern research laboratory located in the center of the business, transportation, medical, industrial, and cultural hub of the Inland Northwest.  Spokane’s four-season climate and varied topography create a recreational paradise with accessible bike trails and hiking paths, great golf courses, challenging ski slopes, and nearby rivers and lakes.   We welcome you to join our dynamic innovative research team!  

If you would like to send a Letter of Interest, obtain more information about this position and other opportunities, please contact:  OMSHRRecruitment@cdc.govor visit: www.cdc.gov/niosh/miningto learn more about our research programs.  

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