Skip to main content
Division Announcements

Five new positions in the Division of Aging Biology

The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) is recruiting for five positions. DAB is one of four scientific Divisions at the NIA. It 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.

A formal application through the next NIH global announcement will be necessary (to be posted in USAJobs in May). For additional information about these positions, please contact Ms. Karleigh Price with a resume and letter of interest and to learn details about the application process for a position at NIA/NIH. Contacts in DAB are listed below.

Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) to administer contracts for biological resources

Branch Chief: Francesca Macchiarini, Ph.D.
Email Francesca Macchiarini

This position is in the Biological Resources Branch (BRB) of DAB. The branch manages and maintains a Biological Resources Program that 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. The new BRB staff will manage a number of these resources and carry out the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of contract administration for several BRP contracts (review and assessment of invoices and progress reports, preparation of contractor evaluations and submission to the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System, issuance of task orders, exercise of options, contract modifications and renewal). Because of the complexity, risk and mission-critical nature of most of these contracts, this person must have a COR III certification or be able to acquire one as soon as possible upon hiring.

The successful candidate will possess a doctoral degree in the biomedical field plus significant experience in conducting biomedical research and in the management of R & D contracts.

Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) for emerging technologies applicable to the biology of aging

Branch Chief: Max Guo, Ph.D.
Email Max Guo

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.

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.

Health Scientist Administrators (Program Officers) in the Aging Physiology Branch

There are two position openings within three areas, listed below.

Branch Chief: Rebecca Fuldner, Ph.D.
Email Rebecca Fuldner

The Aging Physiology Branch focuses on age-related changes affecting tissue and organ function. Research supported by this branch includes studies elucidating fundamental mechanisms underlying the altered function in tissues and organs that contribute the age-related pathologies observed in older adults. Research is supported at molecular, cellular, and higher levels of organization including integration across tissues and organ systems, and encompasses research involving human participants as well as in laboratory animals and ex vivo and in vitro systems. The Aging Physiology Branch coordinates support for translational research.

Program Officer, Immunology

The program officer is expected to develop a new portfolio for the Immunology Program in areas of science that include:

  • Molecular and cellular basis of impairment in host immune system responses in elderly that results in increased susceptibility and severity of infectious diseases, including effects of chronic inflammation on those responses.
  • Age-related changes in hematopoiesis and thymopoiesis and interventions to rejuvenate thymic function in aging.
  • Mechanisms required for induction and maintenance of protective immunity in the elderly in response to vaccinations.
  • Interrelationship between age-related changes in the gut microbiome and immunosenescence of the gut-associated mucosal immune system and systemic immune responses.

Program Officer, Cardiac, Vascular, and Pulmonary Aging

The program officer is expected to enrich an existing portfolio in areas of aging biology that include:

  • molecular basis for changes in cellular composition, interactions and extracellular structures underlying decline of function with age.
  • Role of stem cells in cardiac and vascular maintenance and renewal
  • Drivers of aging processes in lung leading to impairment of lung function and development of pulmonary conditions in aged populations.
  • Hallmarks of aging linked to the development of late-life diseases of the heart and lungs.

Program Officer, Microbiome and Aging

The Program officer is expected to enrich an existing portfolio in areas of aging biology that include changes in microbiome with age linked to:

  • Defining factors influencing changes in microbiome composition and functional characteristics during aging
  • Interactions between aging microbiome and development and exacerbation of age-related chronic diseases.
  • Role of alterations in production and composition of microbiome metabolites during aging in the initiation and progression of age-related diseases and conditions such as fibrosis, osteoarthritis and sarcopenia among others.
  • Development and testing of targeted interventions through diet, exercise, or drugs to modulate microbiome composition and metabolite production.

GS-12/13/14 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)

Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of the Division Director

Division Director: Ronald Kohanski, Ph.D.
Email Ronald Kohanski

The position will support the division director and deputy director on developing and enacting scientific and programmatic goals for the Division in the context of the broader goals of NIA and NIH. The activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing, preparing, and managing internal and external, reports, presentations, talking points, and other outreach materials primarily for use by the division director and deputy director.
  • Conducting relevant literature review and analyses, as needed, culminating in presentations in diverse formats (Word documents, Excel workbooks, or similar compilations and/or PowerPoint or similar slide formats), but with an emphasis on written reports that may be published or held for internal use.
  • Participating in/attending meetings and briefings relevant to DAB’s activities as needed (e.g., DAB staff meetings, Geroscience Interest Group monthly meetings, NIH meetings, NIA scientific workshops), and providing highlights of those meetings for DAB leadership.
  • Participating in/attending meetings and briefings relevant to DAB’s activities as needed (e.g., DAB staff meetings, Geroscience Interest Group monthly meetings, NIH meetings, NIA scientific workshops), and providing highlights of those meetings for DAB leadership.
  • Liaison with NIA’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and NIA’s Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation.

Requirements for the position include:

  • Applicants must have graduate-level training (e.g., a Ph.D., M.D., R.N., M.S., MPH) with specialized and relevant knowledge in biomedical research, research communications, stakeholder engagement/external affairs, and/or public health issues. Experience in - and knowledge of - the biology of aging is highly desirable.
  • Applicants must have an understanding of NIH research and policy activities, and as needed be willing to undertake additional training.

Highly desirable skills

  • Mature judgment and skills in time management.
  • The ability to master new content rapidly, and to respond flexibly to changing priorities.
  • An ability to work independently on a variety of tasks simultaneously, while adhering to strict deadlines.
  • Advanced capabilities with presentation programs in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and editorial skills.
  • Strong critical reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within teams of various sizes to plan strategic outreach activities, harmonize messaging, and facilitate communications.

The incumbent will be a Health Science Policy Analyst, GS-12 to GS-14 level, depending on experience and qualifications.

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Salary for each position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.