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Staff Scientist - Laboratory Animal Veterinarian

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The Animal Health Care Section (AHCS) of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is recruiting for the position of Staff Scientist 1, working as a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian.  The AHCS is responsible for all aspects of the care and use of laboratory animals in the intramural research programs of the NINDS, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), as well as animals from 6 other NIH institutes housed in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center. AHCS operates two animal facilities on the NIH Bethesda campus, and is staffed by six veterinarians (three American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine [ACLAM] diplomates) and ten veterinary technicians. NIH and NINDS animal programs are accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accredited of Laboratory Animal Care (AALAC). 


The applicant must hold a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association (VMA) accredited school or college of veterinary medicine and must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state in the U.S.A.  The successful applicant will preferably have training and experience in the practice of laboratory animal medicine.  ACLAM board certification or eligibility is highly desired.  Duties include provision of clinical care to rodent and nonhuman primate models used in neurologic, auditory, behavioral, and pain research, training of vivarium staff and investigative personnel, review of proposed animal studies, participation in the planning and implementation of an extensive animal health surveillance program, and contribution to the ongoing evaluation and refinement of the NINDS/NIDCD/NCCIH animal care and use program.  The successful applicant will have excellent oral and written communication skills and be a team player.

To Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter, C.V., and names of three references to Dr. Heather Narver at  Application packages will only be accepted electronically and must be received by July 25, 2020.

Please include in your curriculum vitae a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.


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