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Staff Scientist - Biologist

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Division of Preclinical Innovation, Rockville, Maryland

Position Description:

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health, is seeking applications from exceptional scientists to serve as biologists in the Division of Preclinical Innovation (DPI). DPI studies translation of basic discoveries into tangible improvements to human health at a systems level as a scientific and operational problem. The scientists within DPI come from a broad range of scientific disciplines—including, among others, therapeutic discovery, preclinical development, toxicology, biomarkers and clinical application—to reduce, remove or bypass significant bottlenecks across the entire continuum of translation and to train the future translational science workforce.

Core Responsibilities

The selected candidates will contribute to the strategic vision, implementing the science and mentoring trainees. They also must be able to interact with outside collaborators and make substantial contributions to the science. The selected candidates will collaborate with other scientists both within and outside of NCATS on initiatives such as the Center’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Each applicant must hold a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent) in a relevant field and be a recognized expert and accomplished leader in the field. Applicants must possess a broad range of biology experience that includes at least some of the following: cell biology; biophysical characterization of small molecule interactions with protein targets; assay design; methods to measure drugs and metabolites in biological samples; high-throughput screening; antiparasitic drug discovery, including antivirals and antimalarials; biochemistry and genetics. The candidates should have proven experience analyzing the molecular commonalities across a broad range of diseases that could be exploited for therapeutic development.


The current salary range is commensurate with experience and accomplishments; a full civil service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position, including a career synopsis (1-3 pages); a current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography; and the names and contact information of three references to The position will remain open for 60 days (beginning Dec. 14, 2020). Learn more about intramural research at NCATS.


This post will be available until April 26, 2021.

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