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Staff Scientist, Social Cognitive Scientist

National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, Maine

Position Description:

The newly established Advanced Visualization Branch (AVB) of the National Institute of Nursing Research’s (NINR’s) Division of Intramural Research (DIR) is seeking to recruit a skilled and energetic Staff Scientist.  The AVB, under the direction of Patti Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., seeks to establish immersive visualization tools that simulate clinical experiences for patients in variety of home-based care scenarios.  We are interested in applicants who wish to pursue research programs focused on behavioral interventions.  The successful applicant will facilitate the design and conduct of human subjects studies leveraging tools developed for patient rehearsal of self-care and self-management interventions on patient behaviors, and oversee projects and activities of the multi-disciplinary team comprised of technical/programming staff, a research nurse, and trainees.  The Staff Scientist should have familiarity or experience with behavioral research. This position offers opportunities for interactions with a wide range of independent research groups and exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside of the NIH. While no formal academic teaching is required in this role, mentorship and training development for program staff is a key requirement for this position.


The successful candidate will have experience in collaborative research documented in publications and more generally will have a history of publications that reflect experience in human subjects research. The successful individual must have a Ph.D., or a research doctoral degree with post-doctoral experience.  Preferred candidates will possess one or more of the following:

  • prior nursing experience or exposure;
  • specialization or experience with integrating technology application to behavioral research projects.

Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments.  The position is located at the National Institutes of Health’s Bethesda, Maryland campus.  The initial appointment is a two-year term which may be renewable.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and statement of research interests to Mrs. Erica Vass at Promising candidates will then be asked to provide the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

Foreign Education:
Applicants who have completed all, or part of 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 National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website at Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.