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Health Scientific Administrator (Program Officer) & Deputy Director for the Division of Aging Biology

National Institute on Aging, The Division of Aging Biology, Frederick, Maryland

Position(s) Descriptions:

The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) is recruiting for three positions. DAB is one of four scientific Divisions in the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services. Complete applications for each position must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on 03/19/2021 to receive consideration. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Salary for each position is commensurate with experience and qualifications. For additional information about these positions, please contact Ms. Karleigh Price (Karleigh.Price@nih.gov) with a resume and letter of interest. 

The DAB supports research in basic, applied, and translational research through grants and a robust program to provide biological resources for extramural investigators. The objective of DAB-funded research is to elucidate the basic biochemical, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying the process of aging and age-related changes in humans and in animal models of human aging. This includes investigations of alterations of structure and function that characterize aging and investigations of how these adverse changes become risk factors for, or accompany, age-related conditions and disease states. The Division provides resources needed to support aging research comprising aged rodent and NHP colonies, rodent and NHP cell and tissue banks as well as the Primate Aging database. 

Information on the Division can be found at https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dab.

Available Positions (2):

1. Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) for emerging technologies applicable to the biology of aging. The position is in the Genetics and Cell Biology Branch. The Genetics and Cell Biology Branch focuses on the basic molecular mechanisms believed to underlie age-related dysfunction, with a focus on molecular studies, performed primarily in laboratory animals or in vitro and ex vivo systems. Research supported by this branch includes genetic, cell biological, and metabolic changes under the umbrella concept “hallmarks of aging.“ 

The Program Officer is expected to develop a new portfolio for the Emerging Technology Program in areas of science that include: 

  • Systems biology, bioinformatic, statistical or computational tools (AI & ML) applicable in aging biology research.
  • Other emerging technologies such as imaging modalities or graphical tools to visualize and display rates of aging.
  • Development and use of transgenic or synthetic biological constructs as reporters for hallmarks of aging in diverse laboratory species,
  • Participate in NIA-wide and NIH-wide activities on emerging technologies. 
Position-Specific Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess a doctoral degree in biological, mathematical, computer of physical science, and experience in conducting biomedical or bioengineering research and/or grants management in biomedical or bioengineering research.

To Apply:

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2. Deputy Director for the Division of Aging Biology. This position is in the Office of the Division Director for an accomplished and experienced scientist. The successful applicant will have responsibility for initiation, development and management of a portfolio on the basic biology of aging in humans with an additional mandate for health disparities. In this capacity the Deputy will interact with NIA’s Office of Special Populations, the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities and other federal agencies (as appropriate), and to collaborate with other Divisions of NIA in this area. The successful applicant may also have additional portfolio responsibilities depending on background, experience and interest (Small Business Grants, Mentored Research and Training Grants). The Division Deputy will share administrative responsibility for the trans-NIH Geroscience Interest Group, and to assist the Division Director with management of DAB. Attendance at scientific meetings should be anticipated. 

Position-Specific Qualifications:

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or M.D. (or equivalent degree) and experience as a Health Scientist Administrator, although candidates with relevant scientific and/or administrative experience may also be considered. Knowledge of research in the biology of aging and/or research involving human participants is desirable, including clinical research (https://www.nih.gov/health-information/nih-clinical-research-trials-you/what-is-clinical-research). Experience with clinical trials is not necessary and the portfolio will not include support of clinical trials as they are defined currently (https://grants.nih.gov/policy/clinical-trials/definition.htm).

To Apply:

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