NIH Intramural Research and Other Job Opening

Staff Scientist
Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology, NIA
(deadline: December 15)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), Intramural Research Program (IRP), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a Staff Scientist in the Telomere Maintenance Section of the Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology (LMG). The position requires a highly motivated individual with at least 3 years of postdoctoral training experience in molecular and cellular biology, protein biochemistry, and genetic targeting of human cells or model organisms, e.g. mouse and yeast, and an excellent publication record that reflects the required expertise. Specialized experience in DNA repair and DNA replication is highly desirable. A background in telomere research is advantageous. Excellent written and oral (English) communication skills are also required. The incumbent will have a major role in assisting the Section Chief in manuscript preparation and experimental design, and in training junior fellows, providing technical assistance, and maintaining research continuity within the laboratory.

Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the section. The successful individual must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. Additional information regarding the NIA IRP is available at the following website:

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Angela Prazak, Staff Assistant; Office of the Scientific Director; Vacancy #NIA-IRP-17-02; National Institute on Aging, Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 04C232, Baltimore, MD 21224 or email: Applications must be received on or before December 15, 2016 for consideration.  DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.


Newly Advertised

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility, NIDDK
(deadline: December 30)

The National Institutes of Health is seeking an accomplished individual to manage and maintain a new state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy facility located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The primary responsibilities include ensuring high quality data is generated on an FEI Krios electron microscope with an energy filter and a Gatan K2 direct electron detector and secondary screening scopes, training users in sample preparations and imaging acquisition, and providing guidance in current image processing programs and pipelines.  Candidates should have expertise in cryo-electron microscopy methods and hands on experience running a Krios microscope with a direct electron detector.  Image processing expertise and an interest in technical development are preferable.  Multiple intramural institutes with considerable strength in structural biology will have shared access and oversight responsibility for this facility. Good technical, communication, and teaching skills are essential for this position and a PhD or equivalent experience is required.

This position will be filled at the NIH Staff Scientist level with a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants may be US citizens, resident aliens or non-resident aliens with or eligible for a valid employment visa. Applications must be received by December 30, 2016. Please submit a curriculum vitae, brief statement of research and technical experience, and provide a list of three references in PDF or MS Word format only (no paper applications will be accepted) to: Morgan Cherry-Crews Staff Assistant, Office of Scientific Director, NIDDK,  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.  DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.


Tenure-Track Investigator or Assistant Clinical Investigator
Intramural Research Program, NIDA
(Review of applications begins: January 6)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a tenure-track or assistant clinical investigator to direct an innovative research program within its Intramural Research Program (IRP). In consideration of the extensive co-morbidity of addictive disorders, the clinical investigators at the NIDA IRP work closely together with their colleagues at the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), under joint leadership. The goal of this search is to identify a candidate who will enhance this collaborative environment through the development of a novel and cutting-edge clinical research program.

We are seeking a candidate who is committed to scientific excellence, and understands the intellectual benefits of collaborative research to enhance and increase emerging areas of clinical research opportunity. Applicants must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree. Criteria for selection include experience conducting clinical and translational research in the area of addiction and related disorders – preferably as they intersect with HIV infected populations – as well as experience identifying novel research targets for addictive disorders through both basic and clinical translational research, and a promising publication record.

The selected candidate will receive independent resources from NIDA for funding start-up costs and on-going program operations, and will be responsible for managing these resources (budget, human resources, and space). NIDA will provide clinical, laboratory and office space adequate to establish an outstanding clinical research program. Depending on research needs, space will be made available at the Biomedical Research Center, located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus located in Baltimore MD. There may also be opportunities to access clinical resources at the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center (CRC) on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland – a state-of-the-art 230 bed hospital, fully devoted to clinical and translational studies. The broader NIH campus and the NIDA’s IRP in Baltimore also provide a rich and highly interactive translational neuroscience environment. Full federal benefits are included. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Interested candidates must submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a two-page summary of research interests, and the names and contact information (work/email addresses, phone) of three references (via pdf or Microsoft word format only – paper applications will not be accepted) to: Adrienne Snyder, Management Analyst, NIDA at  Review of applications will begin in January 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  For additional information, you may contact: Avindra Nath, MD, Clinical Director, NINDS,; or Antonello Bonci, MD, Scientific Director, NIDA,  The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities and individuals with disabilities.  The HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.


Newly Advertised

Staff Clinician
Clinical Research Core, NIA
(Review of applications begins: January 9)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting a Staff Clinician for the Clinical Research Core (CRC) within the Intramural Research Program (IRP).   The position requires an M.D. or equivalent, with board certification in internal medicine and eligibility for Medical, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) licenses in the United States. Applicants should have training and expertise in clinical medicine, preferably with experience in the field of geriatric medicine. Training and experience with human studies is preferred, and experience with basic to clinical translational research is a plus.

The incumbent will serve as Medical Advisory Investigator (MAI) on NIA protocols. Responsibilities will include screening participants prior to enrollment in research studies, performing medical histories and physical examinations, and all aspects of data evaluation and analysis. In addition, the physician will work with other NIA IRP staff in the design of clinical protocols and preparation of IRB submissions. The successful applicant will be assigned primary responsibility for conducting specific investigations. A typical study within the NIA IRP is the ongoing protocol designed to evaluate the effects of low and high dose resveratrol on vascular markers in non-hospitalized volunteers over one year; see #NCT01842399.

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long term care insurance) is available. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Additional information regarding the NIA IRP is available at:  Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation to: Laci Sasser, Administrative Officer; Administration Office, Vacancy # NIA-IRP-17-04, National Institute on Aging, NIH Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Blvd., Suite 100, Room 04C026, Baltimore, Maryland 21224 or email Review of applications will begin on January 9, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.


Chief and Senior Investigator
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Branch, NICHD
(Review of applications begins: January 13)

The Division of Intramural Population Health Research is located within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Chief and Senior Investigator of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Branch.  As one of three intramural branches in the Division, the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Branch mission is to develop novel statistical methods motivated by the Division’s population health research that includes human fecundity and fertility, pregnancy, and child and adolescent health and behavior.  In addition, Branch scientists serve as statistical co-investigators on all etiologic and interventional research in keeping with the team science research paradigm practiced by the Division.  The Branch’s mission also includes a strong commitment to mentoring trainees at varying career stages and professional service.

As an intramural entity, the Branch is expected to develop innovative methodologic and collaborative research that uses the rich trans-disciplinary environment of the Division and the NIH Intramural Research Program. This expectation includes developing and implementing methods that support original research seeking to answer critical data gaps, and in the analysis of a vast array of databases from completed and ongoing research studies. The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics branch currently houses 4 investigators, with room for growth.  A description of the Branch may be found at, and an overview of all Division research is summarized in the Division’s annual report

The Branch Chief must be a dynamic leader who provides scientific, administrative and fiscal leadership, while maintaining his/her own original methodologic and collaborative research.  Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree in biostatistics, statistics or a closely related quantitative field.  The successful candidate must be an internationally recognized methodologist whose accomplishments are commensurate with the academic rank of a tenured full professor, as demonstrated by a strong upward trajectory of high quality statistical publications, a trajectory of high quality and impact collaborative publications, an international reputation, extramural funding (for academic candidates), and a clear vision of biostatistics’ and bioinformatics’ essential role in population health research.  The Chief is expected to lead in strengthening current research areas and in developing new areas of expertise to address increasingly challenging designs and analyses, including priorities such as bioinformatics and causal inference.  The Chief is expected to lead in developing and implementing the infrastructure and culture of reproducible research.  The position requires excellent inter-personnel and communication skills, and experience leading trans-disciplinary scientific teams and recruiting early stage biostatisticians are highly desirable.  The Chief will serve as a member of the Division’s senior leadership working to further the Division and Institute’s vision and mission.

The Branch Chief will be eligible for tenure, at a salary commensurate with his/her credentials and experience.  Full federal government benefits will be provided, including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement plan, and savings plan (401k equivalent).  Interested candidates should submit the following items: Curriculum vitae; brief (2-3 pages) cover letter that summarizes professional training and experience in the following areas — leadership, management, administration, research, professional service, and mentoring; brief (2-3 pages) vision statement for the Branch; and names, affiliations, and contact details for three references (who will only be contacted following an interview).

Please email these materials as one package to: Ms. Adrienne Lonaberger; Program Analyst, DIPHR, NICHD; 6710B Rockledge Drive; Room 3141D; Bethesda, MD 20892; 301-496-6324; or  All inquiries about the position should be directed to the Committee Chair: Dr. Enrique Schisterman; Chief and Senior Investigator; Epidemiology Branch, DIPHR, NICHD; 6710B Rockledge Drive, Room 3136; Bethesda, MD 20892; 301-435-6893,  Complete applications received by January 13, 2017, will be considered for a first round of interviews, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The selected candidate is expected to assume the position and be onsite by July 1, 2017.  HHS, NIH, and NICHD are equal opportunity employers.


Newly Advertised

Chief Data Scientist
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, NCI
(Review of applications begins: January 13)

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute is recruiting an accomplished, senior investigator to serve as Chief Data Scientist in the Office of the Director, DCEG. The mission of DCEG is to discover environmental and genetic determinants of cancer, and to identify new approaches to cancer prevention through epidemiological research. The Chief Data Scientist will lead efforts to define new infrastructure to extract, manage, and analyze data in a scalable way to support epidemiological research within the Division. He/she will also be provided with the resources to lead an internationally-recognized scientific research program in big data analytics for cancer research.

The incumbent will play a leadership role and work closely with DCEG investigators to conceptualize, design, and develop analytic solutions for high dimensional, complex data, including the ability to articulate data-intensive analytics using cloud computing infrastructure and user-facing web computing/mobile development. Responsibilities include creating a roadmap for implementing data and analytics strategy, including infrastructure design and development of data models; leading efforts to develop scalable, innovative approaches to extract, manage, and analyze data; and providing oversight and procedures for modeler/statistical team members on key projects in collaboration with the Biostatistics Branch. The incumbent will also develop a vision for data analytics architecture and workflows for epidemiologic studies; establish data policies, standards, organization and enforcement of data governance; develop innovative approaches to link internal systems with external data; lead collaborations within other agencies of the federal government, academic institutions, and healthcare industry to invent, pilot, and operationalize emerging data science solutions, methods, and processes; and drive data science innovation in epidemiology through active participation in professional societies, key events, and public-private partnerships. He/she will work closely with the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology to coordinate DCEG solutions with NCI-wide programs, and will coordinate the DCEG data strategy with other NIH Institutes and Programs.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics or a related science and have strong written and verbal communication skills. He/she must have a minimum of five years of relevant experience in data science, and demonstrate experience with algorithms for complex data integration and capture as well as application of advanced data analytics, including data mining and visualization. The incumbent must demonstrate deep understanding of database design and structure. Experience should include work with applications backed by data-intensive infrastructure and statistical applications. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to conduct high-quality, original research that has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at scientific meetings. He\she must also have experience in developing and mentoring staff at all levels and building an internal capacity to deliver high quality and highly innovative analytics services.

The Chief Data Scientist will be eligible for a tenured appointment at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  Full Federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) will be provided. Interested individuals should send a cover letter summarizing research interests, accomplishments, and scientific administrative experience; curriculum vitae and bibliography; a list of up to five key publications; and the names and addresses of three references to: Ms. Catherine McClave, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute,  Applications received by January 13, 2017 will be considered for a first round of interviews, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.


Newly Advertised

Associate Director / Scientific Director
National Toxicology Program, NIEHS
(deadline: January 31)

NIEHS is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated thought leader to serve as Associate Director, National Toxicology Program (NTP), and Scientific Director, Division of the NTP. The NTP (headquartered at NIEHS) is an interagency program of the NIH, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose mission is to evaluate agents of public health concern by developing and applying tools of modern toxicology, molecular biology, and computational science. The NTP performs a wide array of in vivo and in vitro toxicological research through contracts, interagency collaborations, and in-house capabilities. In addition, the program is responsible for developing and publishing the Congressionally-mandated Report on Carcinogens in accordance with the Public Health Service Act, providing support for the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) in compliance with the ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000, and performing systematic reviews on a wide variety of public health topics through its Office of Health Assessment and Translation. The NTP is an active partner and driving force in the Tox21 interagency collaboration to transform toxicology into a predictive science. Additional information can be found on the NTP website ( and in the NTP 2015 Annual Report (

We are looking for applicants with a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a large, dynamic, and diverse program in solving 21st century public health challenges. He/she will have the opportunity to develop and implement a strategic framework to advance the science of toxicology in support of the NTP’s public health mission, accommodating cutting-edge technological advances and rapid translation of scientific findings. If desired, the incumbent would be eligible for consideration as an NIEHS Senior Investigator appointment, with his/her own independent research group.

Location: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  Qualifications: The ideal candidate will hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent) and will be an internationally recognized expert in environmental health sciences with a broad scientific knowledge of experimental toxicology, carcinogenesis, toxicological pathology, mechanistic toxicology, computational toxicology, epidemiology, regulatory science, public health translation, and/or other relevant discipline. Further, candidates must possess a demonstrated ability to assemble, motivate, and lead a talented multidisciplinary staff charged with addressing a wide range of public health challenges. Finally, the candidate must possess the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders (e.g., employees, academia, industry/trade groups, animal welfare organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), the public, members of the media, and Congress).  Salary/Benefits:  The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments with full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

Equal Opportunity Employment: Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.  Standards Of Conduct/Financial Disclosure: The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes, as well as agency-specific regulations described at We encourage applicants to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.  Foreign Education:  Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

How To Apply: Applications for this position will be accepted November 21, 2016, through January 31, 2017 (submission deadline may be extended if needed). Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, brief description of relevant research and administrative leadership experience (two-page maximum), and statement of vision (two-page maximum) to the DNTP Search Committee at Please reference vacancy number AC-1288, and your name in the subject line of your email submission. For further information about the position, please contact Mark Miller, Ph.D. at  The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 institutes and centers employ more than 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information about the NIH mission, goals and institutes and centers, visit  Do not include your birthdate or social security number (SSN) on application materials.  The DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.


Also see:

“Tenure-Track Opportunities at the NIH”

Presented by: Dr. Roland Owens and Dr. Charles Dearolf, Assistant Directors, NIH Office of Intramural Research

August 17, 2016


The NIH Intramural Research Program


Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows


Link to NIH Jobs


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