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 (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Health Scientist Administrator. This position is located in the Biological Resources Branch (BRB) and the Aging Physiology Branch (APB), in the Division of Aging Biology (DAB), National Institute on Aging. DAB is responsible for the planning, organization and direction of multidisciplinary programs of extramural research on the biology of aging and managing contract-supported resources for the research community. The incumbent in this position serves as the Program Director for grant portfolios in aging physiology (basic biology of aging of the kidney, liver, lung, and other internal organs) and in the development of novel animal models to study aging biology (from hydra to whales). The incumbent will also be required to take training to become a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) in order to assist with contracts that provide biological resources to the research community (e.g., aging rodent colonies, cell bank, tissue banks).
As a Health Scientist Administrator, the incumbent will:
- Formulate, develop, and implement the scientific goals and activities of the Program
- Formulate and recommend program goals and objectives for developing the resources needed to support the nation's potential to support research on aging;
- Serve as a Health Scientist Administrator with scientific and administrative responsibility for the program to award and monitor grants and other funding mechanisms to support research goals of the aging research community;
- Attend study section review meetings for research applications assigned to the portfolio under purview; and
- Serve as alternate COR or COR on resource contracts, managing technical aspects of contracts and providing assistance to the research community using the resources.
Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or equivalent degree in the biomedical sciences, with experience using mammalian laboratory animal models in cell biology, molecular biology, or animal physiology. Experience in gerontology (aging research) is desirable but not necessary. In addition, the incumbent must have demonstrated skill in interpersonal relationships and administration.