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Staff Scientist – Social and Behavioral Sciences Research on 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) examining the interrelationship between social determinants of health and health behaviors, (2) using observational and experimental approaches to investigate the mechanisms that explain these interrelationships, and (3) develop, forecast, and evaluate multilevel interventions to reduce disparities in health behaviors. Majority of the research will focus on tobacco and substance use disparities, under the direction of Dr. Kelvin Choi. There will be opportunities for the incumbent to interact with investigators 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, public health, psychology, or a closely related field and at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience. Skills and experiences in collecting, pre-processing, analyzing, and reporting data collected through electroencephalography (EEG) and other psychophysiological measures. Experiences with MATLAB, Brain Vision, and SAS/R/SPSS/STAT are strongly preferred. Outstanding publication record in especially in minority health and health disparities research, proven record of mentoring, evidence of teamwork, and excellent oral and written communication skills are also strongly preferred.

Appointees may be US citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with or eligible to obtain a valid employment authorized visa.

Salary/benefits: 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: Kelvin Choi at

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


This post will be available until December 18, 2020 or until filled. 

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