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NIH, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases
National Institute of Health, Bethesda
Salary and benefits are commensurate with the experience of the applicant.
Closing date
Dec 19, 2020

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A tenure track (equivalent to Assistant Professor) or tenure-eligible (equivalent to Associate or Full Professor) position is available for an experimental or theoretical biophysical scientist to establish an independent research program in the Laboratory of Chemical Physics (LCP), NIDDK, NIH. We are especially interested in candidates who will develop a vigorous independent research program involving the application of physical methods to important problems in biology and biomedical science, and have a demonstrated track record of research excellence that is complementary to ongoing research in LCP. Current research includes: solution state NMR spectroscopy with an emphasis on methods development, structural and kinetic characterization of sparsely-populated states and molecular assembly (Ad Bax and Marius Clore); solid state NMR spectroscopy with an emphasis on the study of amyloid fibrils, protein self-assembly, and protein folding (Robert Tycko); single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy with applications to protein folding, binding, and aggregation (Hoi Sung Chung); picosecond X-ray crystallography and scattering, as well as femtosecond spectroscopy (Philip Anfinrud); theory of single molecule force and fluorescence spectroscopies (Attila Szabo); theory and simulations with emphasis on models for protein folding, misfolding and self-assembly (Robert Best); and drug discovery for sickle cell disease (William Eaton). Five of the 7 tenured principal investigators are members of the US National Academy of Sciences
The Laboratory is located on the main campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland ( and is part of the intramural program of NIDDK ( The NIH Intramural Program provides a highly interactive and interdisciplinary environment that is conducive for carrying out high risk, basic research with state-of-the-art core facilities and access to collaborators in both the basic and clinical sciences in almost every major area of biology and medicine. Stable research support for NIDDK intramural scientists is based on accomplishments.

Applicants must have a PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent degree and have a demonstrated record of scientific achievement. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-authorization visa. Applicants should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a summary of research accomplishments, copies of three most significant publications, a brief statement of future research goals and names of three reference letter writers:

 Dr. Wei Yang

Chair, LCP Search Committee

Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

The review of applications will begin on or around December 20, 2020​. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary and benefits are commensurate with the experience of the applicant.

DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers


The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The Institute supports much of the clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related subspecialty fields, as well as many basic science disciplines. The Institute's Division of Intramural Research encompasses the broad spectrum of metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, inborn errors of metabolism, endocrine disorders, mineral metabolism, digestive and liver diseases, nutrition, urology and renal disease, and hematology. Basic research studies include biochemistry, biophysics, nutrition, pathology, histochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical and molecular biology, and pharmacology. NIDDK extramural research is organized into 4 divisions: Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases; Digestive Diseases and Nutrition; Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases; and Extramural Activities. The Institute supports basic and clinical research through investigator-initiated grants, program project and center grants, and career development and training awards. The Institute also supports research and development projects and large-scale clinical trials through contracts.

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