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Staff Scientist 1 - Cell Physiology of Hearing

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The Neurotology Branch (NOB) in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks a Staff Scientist. The NOB uses multi-omic analyses to identify key regulators of inner ear development and pathways for intervention to prevent acquired auditory and vestibular dysfunction. Identified pathways are then tested using biochemical, structural and functional assays. The neurotology branch then designs pre-clinical models to catalyze translational research in hearing and balance. The NIDCD intramural program comprises a highly interactive and dynamic group of scientists at the forefront of research on communication disorders.

The NOB Staff Scientist serves as a laboratory leader who contributes to the training and mentoring of all laboratory members. The position requires outstanding interpersonal, teamwork, and organizational skills as well as excellent oral and written communication abilities. The NOB Staff Scientist will have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral research experience, and an outstanding publication record. Requisite expertise includes cellular and molecular biology, advanced light and/or electron microscopy, use of mouse models, sample preparation for multi-omic analyses.

This position is classified as a Staff Scientist | NIH Office of Intramural Research within the federal government. A Staff Scientist is an NIH employee generally appointed to a time-limited, renewable position to support the long-term research of a Principal Investigator. Staff Scientists often work independently and have skills and knowledge essential to the work of the laboratory.

The NIDCD Division of Intramural Research is located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The Neurotology Branch and the NIDCD’s basic science laboratories and state-of-the-art core facilities are housed in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center, one of the largest neuroscience research buildings in the world. Our clinical and translational research programs are located at the NIH Clinical Center. All NIDCD researchers have extraordinary opportunities to leverage the extensive resources and expertise across NIH’s Intramural Research Program to perform interdisciplinary and collaborative research from bench to bedside.

The successful candidate will serve in a non-competitive appointment in the excepted service. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with or eligible to obtain a valid employment-authorized visa. Applications from women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A full benefits package is available, including a retirement plan; health insurance, life insurance, and long-term care insurance; annual and sick leave; and Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The position is subject to a background check.


  • Training and expertise in molecular biology, cell biology and genomics.
  • Expertise in advanced microscopy imaging.
  • Knowledge of auditory and/or vestibular sensory cell physiology and a commitment to conducting related high-quality research.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff training and mentoring, outstanding communication, and time management skills.
  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent; have completed formal mentored postdoctoral training in either molecular biology, cellular biology, neuroscience or genomics; and have a strong publication record.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae with a bibliography, statement of interest, and names and contact information for three references to Brett Christensen,

Applications will be reviewed starting 12/19/2022 and accepted until the position is filled. HHS, NIH, and NIDCD are Equal Opportunity Employers.
This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Learn more about credential evaluation for applicants who completed some or all of their education outside of the U.S.

The NIH is dedicated to building a community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.