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Join NIA as the Biological Resources Branch Chief in the Division of Aging Biology

The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) is recruiting for Chief of the Biological Resources Branch (a GS-15 supervisory position). DAB is one of four scientific Divisions in 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 (HHS). HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

The DAB supports basic, applied, and translational research through grants, workshops and symposia, and a robust program to provide biological resources for extramural investigators. The objective of DAB-funded research is to elucidate the fundamental biochemical, molecular, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying the process of aging and age-related changes in humans and in animal models for diverse aspects of human aging. This includes support for research to uncover how aging processes become risk factors for age-related conditions and disease states, including multi-morbidity.

The Biological Resources Branch focuses on life course features of aging, primarily in laboratory animals, but in domestic and wild populations as well. A major theme for this branch is the alignment of research in basic biology between animals and humans. Research programs include comparative biology of aging, research on resilience, environmental and midlife stressors, and lifespan interventions in animal models of aging. The Biological Resources Branch also manages and maintains a number of biological resources to support aging research.  Information on the Division and the Biological Resources Branch can be found at

 For additional information regarding this position please contact Dr. Stacy Carrington-Lawrence, Deputy Director, DAB ( or Ms. Karleigh Price ( in the NIA Human Resources division.

Major Duties

  • Supervising and providing scientific leadership to program officers managing DAB’s biological resources contracts, research portfolios, and small business grants in the Biological Resources Branch.
  • Performing program and contract officer responsibilities and managing her/his own portfolio of grants.
  • Evaluating progress, assessing scientific opportunities, and proposing future programs in support of the NIA mission.
  • Contributing to and/or leading trans-NIA and trans-NIH initiatives.
  • Communicating NIA program priorities to diverse audiences.
  • Presenting and justifying funding plans to DAB and NIA leaders and the National Advisory Council on Aging.
  • Identifying significant research findings and communicating results to DAB and NIA leadership and other audiences, both professional and public.
  • Attendance at relevant scientific meetings on aging and related topics.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess,

  • M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M. or equivalent degree.
  • Breadth of research expertise and vision to lead, manage, and effectively integrate complex basic biological research concepts.
  • Contract Officer Representative III Certification (FAC-COR III) or ability to obtain COR III certification within 12 months.
  • Ability to summarize and prepare reports on key concepts whether for internal-to-NIA/NIH use or for publication.
  • Experience with scientific and programmatic presentations at seminars, workshops and scientific meetings.
  • Experience with strategic planning to achieve and sustain long-range programmatic goals and to support effective research environments.

Candidates must be US citizens.

Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience; excellent benefits and telework options are offered. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. The position is posted at the GS-15 federal government salary grade (adjusted for DC, MD, VA, WV and PA locality pay).

To Apply

Interested parties should send a letter of interest to Dr. Stacy Carrington-Lawrence. The vacancy is posted on under the NIH Supervisory Health Science Administrator announcement, and applications must be submitted through that website to be considered.

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