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Join our team! Explore two new positions with the Division of Aging Biology

The NIA Division of Aging Biology (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. DAB is currently hiring for the following positions:

Learn more about each position and how to apply below.

Coordinator for Human Subjects Research, Health Specialist, Division of Aging Biology, National Institute on Aging

The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) is recruiting for a Health Specialist to coordinate the review, tracking, and evaluation of DAB-supported research with human participants, samples, or data. We intend to fill this position with an individual with expertise and a demonstrated understanding of human subjects research protections and clinical trials processes including Institutional Review Board (IRB), Data Safety Monitoring Plan (DSMP), and Data Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMB) policies, protocols and reporting requirements.

Role and Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Human Subjects Health Specialist will span portfolios across the division, to assist division leadership in all activities related to overseeing human subjects research, and to assist division staff in the management of relevant awards.

Health Specialists play an essential role in assisting with the administration of research grants and contracts, and to help foster and evaluate critical, new opportunities to extend the NIA’s impact on basic research with the goal of improving health of older adults. Health Specialists provide support in research resource management, technical administration, and programmatic evaluation of research grants and contracts. Health Specialist candidates must have graduate-level training (e.g., a Ph.D., M.D., M.S., MPH) with a background in biological science. Experience related to aging is preferred but not required.

Major duties include:

  • Coordination of Human Subjects Research Protections for DAB applications and awards
  • Serving on Clinicals Trials Working Groups (NIA and NIH)
  • Ensuring Compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and staff training on GCP
  • Periodic evaluation, review, and tracking of the human subjects and clinical trials portfolios for compliance with NIH human subjects research protections
  • Development and updating DAB standard operating procedures for responsible stewardship of NIH funded clinical trials in accordance with NIH and HHS regulations.
  • Responding to questions from investigators who conduct, and DAB staff who oversee, human subjects research
  • Coordination and implementation of NIA processes for the establishment of Data Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs) and/or a Safety Officer (SO)
  • Attending conferences and participating in/organizing workshops and sessions to communicate Human Subjects Research policies to relevant scientific groups.

Who Should Apply?

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • M.D., Ph.D. or other advanced degree
  • Preferred experience in research in the biology of aging with:
    • A broad view of human subjects research and understanding of NIH-defined basic experimental studies involving humans (BESH) policies
    • A breadth of research expertise in basic biological and clinical research.
  • Experience presenting scientific information to diverse audiences at seminars, workshops, conferences, and other scientific meetings.

This will be a Federal GS-13 position located in Montgomery County MD. The position is in the Office of the Division Director, DAB, and will report to the Division Deputy Director.

How to apply?

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

Interested individuals should apply through USAJobs to the NIH Global Announcement that will be open from January 18-27, 2023. The links to the postings are below.

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Program Director for HIV and Aging Research, National Institute on Aging (NIA)

This position has been filled and we are no longer accepting applications.

The NIA is recruiting for a Health Scientist Administrator to serve as program director for HIV and Aging research. This individual will coordinate program activities related to HIV research and research training across NIA. The Institute supports a broad portfolio of HIV research spanning basic, behavioral, social, clinical, epidemiologic, and neuroscientific research across the four scientific Divisions at NIA. The NIA is a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Current HIV priorities for NIA include understanding the impact of HIV on aging processes; how biological, clinical, and socio-behavioral processes affect older individuals with HIV and their caregivers; the behavioral, social, economic, and health consequences of HIV; and the causes and consequences of health disparities in HIV aging. Examples include the following:

  • Interactions among aging-related genetic, molecular, and cellular changes with HIV risk, infection, and pathogenesis;
  • Interactions among HIV/AIDS, aging-related diseases, and social structural variables, in the context of population aging (including in low-income areas such as sub-Saharan Africa), and their contribution to challenges with health care access and medication adherence;
  • How individual, interpersonal, social, structural, and other factors contribute to the physical, psychological, and economic well-being of older adults with HIV and their families;
  • Interactions among HIV infection, treatment, and the development or progression of disabilities in older adults including cognitive decline, and dementia.
  • Interactions of HIV infection and treatment with other aging-related diseases, conditions, and syndromes, and approaches to “geriatric” assessment and management of older adults with HIV; and
  • Identification of needs for long-term services and supports of persons aging with HIV and strategies to address them.

Role and Responsibilities

The incumbent will serve as primary coordinator of HIV-related research activities for NIA in collaboration with the NIA HIV working group. Specific duties will include:

  • Serve as the primary NIA HIV/AIDS Coordinator
  • Serve as the primary NIA scientific representative to the NIH AIDS Executive Committee
  • Serve as NIA program lead for the NIH HIV and Aging Workgroup
  • Serve as coordinator of communication with NIA leadership, including presentations on behalf of the NIA HIV working group at NIA Planning Group, scientific retreats, and other Institute-wide meetings
  • Evaluate the state of the science in the HIV and aging field, report emerging advances to the NIA HIV working group, and assist in identification of opportunities to advance research in support of the NIA mission
  • Identification of aging-related data and resources for HIV aging research
  • Facilitate the development of aging-related HIV research priorities, budget and funding requests, and funding opportunity announcements
  • Provide scientific and portfolio analyses using available tools and publications
  • Respond to and coordinate data calls, and requests for information regarding the NIA HIV research program
  • Submit NIA HIV awards for coding and funding approval
  • Assist in the identification of key internal and external stakeholders and their interests
  • Liaise with internal and external HIV programs and organizations to foster collaborations and relationships in HIV and aging research
  • Attend and present (as appropriate) at selected scientific meetings related to HIV aging.
  • Participate in, and organize workshops, symposia, and other sessions or seminars to communicate advances and opportunities for research in HIV and aging for relevant scientific groups as well as the lay public
  • Provide support in the drafting of position papers, journals articles, executive summaries, and meeting proceedings
  • Support for NIA leadership as required including preparation of briefing, meeting, and presentation materials on HIV and aging topics

Who should apply?

The preferred candidate will possess:

  • M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree or experience.
  • Knowledge of multidisciplinary areas of HIV research; and broad interests and/or knowledge about aging.
  • Experience with scientific 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.

How to apply?

This position has been filled and we are no longer accepting applications.

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