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Biology, Division of Preclinical Innovation

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

NCATS, a major research component of NIH, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates to fill a postdoctoral position in the Early Translational Branch (ETB) of its Division of Preclinical Innovation in Rockville, Maryland. Part of the ETB’s mission is to develop new therapeutic approaches in areas of medical need. The branch partners with external collaborators who specialize in specific disorders, creating a multidisciplinary team of innovative scientists with expertise in assay development, high-throughput and high-content screening, automation engineering, bioinformatics, and various -omics technologies.
The selected postdoctoral fellow will work under the mentorship of a biology team leader in an interactive laboratory environment within the ETB. He or she will use cutting-edge cell biology and bioassay technologies for the development of disease-relevant screening assays and will be involved in all aspects of the implementation of small-molecule screening programs, including assay design, assay development and optimization, high-throughput screening, data analysis, and mechanism-of-action studies, with the goal of developing assay technologies and novel pharmacological probes.
Core Responsibilities:
The selected candidate must be able to work independently under team supervision. He or she will keep accurate and complete records of all scientific experiments according to established procedures and ensure that these records and raw data are retained properly. The candidate also will draft technical reports and manuscripts and will present their work internally and to external collaborators as needed.


Applicants should have (or expect to receive) a Ph.D. and have less than three years of postdoctoral experience in cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, or a related discipline. Experience with cancer and epigenetics — including assays to assess chromatin organization and modifications — is highly desirable. Applicants interested in furthering their knowledge and exposure to translational science are encouraged to apply; prior high-throughput screening experience is not a prerequisite. The selected candidate should be an independent thinker, a team player, and able to work in an interactive, fast-paced environment. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for any employer.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter describing their research and career goals, a current curriculum vitae with a complete bibliography, and the names of and contact information for three references to ETB Team Lead Mark J. Henderson, Ph.D., at (link sends e-mail). Applicants also should indicate when they are available to start. Please note that the starting date of the fellowship is flexible, preferably within 2021.
The review of applications review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Learn more about intramural research at NCATS.
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