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Staff Scientist

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC

About the position

The Reproduction and Developmental Biology Laboratory of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina is recruiting a Staff Scientist 1 for the Pregnancy and Female Reproduction Group under the leadership of Dr. Francesco DeMayo, Chief and Senior Investigator. The Pregnancy and Female Reproduction Group uses molecular genetics, bioinformatics, cell culture, and animal models to the molecular mechanisms governing female reproductive tract function during pregnancy.

The NIEHS has a robust Intramural Research Program that actively studies how the environment impacts human health. Faculty interests range from Epidemiology and Biostatistics to Epigenetics, Development, Signal Transduction, Neurobiology, and Immunity. The Intramural Research Program hosts several state-of-the-art core facilities that provide intramural scientists support in Gene Editing and Mouse models, Epigenomics, Mass Spectrometry, Bioinformatics, Metabolomics, Microscopy, and Structural Biology (including CryoEM). The successful candidate will have access to all NIEHS support facilities.

It is preferred that the candidate reside within the local commuting area of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. This position is not eligible for remote work. At the supervisor’s discretion, this position may offer work schedule flexibilities, including telework.

A Staff Scientist 1 is an NIH Title 42 (g) employee generally appointed to a time-limited, renewable position to support the long-term research of a Principal Investigator. Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources but do work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the laboratory. Staff Scientists should be capable of independently designing experiments and guiding research projects. The Staff Scientist in this position will also have responsibilities in mentoring postdoctoral trainees within the group.


The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments with full Federal benefits.

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What you'll need to apply

Review of applications for the position will begin January 31, 2024. Interested candidates must submit all materials specified below as one combined PDF via email to Bonnie J. Earnhardt. Include the vacancy number NR151 in the subject line.

A complete application includes:

  1. Curriculum Vitae: Include your full curriculum vitae and bibliography. Please include a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially activities with women or other underrepresented groups in biomedical sciences.
  2. Research Statement: Include a two-page statement of research background and interests.
  3. DEIA Statement: Include a statement, not to exceed 1 page, which addresses your commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.

In addition, you must also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Intramural Applications. Letters should be on official letterhead, signed, and dated. Referees must include the applicant’s name and vacancy number NR151 in the email subject line.

Incomplete applications or paper applications will not be accepted.

Questions about this position can be forwarded to Dr. Xiaoling Li at Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2024. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Contact name

Bonnie Earnhardt

Contact email


We are seeking an experienced scientist with a proven track record in the fields of transcription and genetically engineered mouse models with familiarity in reproduction and developmental biology. Laboratory experience with molecular biology and genomics techniques and an impressive publication record are required. A preference will be given to candidates with established expertise with genomic technologies and with bioinformatic analysis of genomic datasets. Established experience with mentoring and team leadership, as well as excellent oral and written communications skills are highly preferred. Candidates must have an PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree with 3+ years of postdoctoral experience in molecular genetics or a related field.

Additional Information

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity:

NIH/NIEHS encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. NIH/NIEHS will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.

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. NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Foreign Education:

Applicants who have completed part or all their education outside of the US 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 . Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

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