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Staff Scientist - Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) seeks an outstanding Staff Scientist to conduct health disparities research studies focused on: 1) analysis of secondary datasets to identify mechanisms leading to health disparities; and 2) development of behavioral interventions to reduce health disparities.  Studies will focus on health disparities and minority health with specific emphasis on Latinos and cancer survivorship, chronic disease prevention and management among minority populations, and community-based behavioral intervention research. The Staff Scientist will work within the Transcreation of Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities research program, under the direction of Dr. Anna María Nápoles.  The Transcreation program sits within the NIMHD Community and Population Sciences Program.  Scientific interactions occur frequently among a wide range of independent research groups, therefore providing the incumbent with exceptional opportunities for collaborations within and outside of the NIH.

A Staff Scientist is a NIH 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, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the laboratory. Staff Scientists should be capable of independently designing experiments, but do not have responsibilities for initiating new research programs. The Staff Scientist in this position will conduct independent research and mentor post-doctoral fellows, post-baccalaureate fellows, and other trainees.


Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in epidemiology, biostatistics or a closely related field and at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience.  Outstanding publication record in minority health and health disparities research, proven record of mentoring, evidence of teamwork, and excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Appointees may be US citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with or eligible to obtain a valid employment authorized visa. 

This is a federal full-time equivalent position, and a comprehensive benefits package is available. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To Apply:

Interested persons should submit one combined PDF of their curriculum vitae, bibliography, a two-page statement of research background and interests, and three letters of recommendation (letters must be signed or provide e-mail correspondence) to: Brenda Parker, Administrative Officer, email:

Review of applications will begin on or around mid-July 2020, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.



This post will be available until September 19, 2020 or until filled.

Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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