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Staff Scientist - Chemist

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 chemists 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 oversee the research conducted by staff and trainees, provide training on specialized equipment and interpret data. Selected candidates will collaborate with other scientists both within and outside of NCATS on initiatives such as the Helping End Addiction Long-termSM initiative and 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 strong medicinal chemistry expertise, including demonstrated experience with process chemistry and scale-up operations and expertise with synthetic and analytical chemistry approaches typically applied to small molecule probes and to determine the purity of synthesized compounds. Candidates may use nuclear magnetic resonance, high-resolution mass spectrometry and/or other state-of-the-art equipment to analyze the purity of compounds and to verify chemical structures.


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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