Staff Scientist 1 (Facility Head)

The National Institutes of Health
Baltimore, Maryland
Salary is commensurate with professional experience and accomplishments.
Dec 11, 2018
Jan 10, 2019
Job Type
Full time

 Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute on Aging

Intramural Research Program

Staff Scientist 1 (Facility Head)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a Staff Scientist 1 (Facility Head) within the Clinical Research Core (CRC) in Baltimore, Maryland.  Institutional Review Board-approved studies are carried out in CRC. The studies are both of a longitudinal and interventive nature and acquisition, extraction and analysis of human tissue form the cornerstone of the clinical work.

The Facility Head will 1) provide support and services for longitudinal studies of aging including the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA) and the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) study and 2) support and carry out intervention studies with a focus on immunological, cognitive, and physical frailty.

The Facility Head will participate in all aspects of human tissue acquisition and processing and serve as an expert resource on tissue preparation and analysis for basic and clinical scientists who utilize human tissue. The successful applicant is expected to manage all aspects of tissue acquisition, processing, and preparation for further analyses, including some analyses to be carried out in real time at the time of acquisition of the substrates.  Furthermore, the Facility Head will be responsible for day-to-day management of the Facility, including interacting closely with biologists presently within the CRC.

The individual must have a Ph.D. in Biology, Public Health, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or related fields with significant experience in human tissue processing and bioanalysis.  Additional requirements include extensive state-of-the-art knowledge of cell sorting, tissue fixation and preparation, and up-to-date methods of bioanalysis.  An ability to work with scientific and clinical staff and familiarity with standard operating procedures for IRB- and FDA-approved studies are necessities of the job.  As part of the CRC, the appointee will form collaborations with multiple NIA laboratories that require human tissue and will have the opportunity for significant interactions and collaborations with investigators, staff scientists, and staff clinicians at the NIA.

Salary is commensurate with professional experience and accomplishments, and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life, and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct.  Additional information regarding the NIA Intramural Research Program and CRC is available at:

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interest, and three letters of recommendation to: Jamie Hertzfelt, Intramural Program Specialist; Office of the Scientific Director, Vacancy # NIA-IRP-19-05, National Institute on Aging, NIH Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Blvd., Suite 100, Room 04C232, Baltimore, Maryland 21224 or email Applications must be received by January 13, 2019 for consideration.

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The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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