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New positions in the Division of Aging Biology

The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) is recruiting for 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) for training and workforce development

Deputy Director, Division of Aging Biology: Stacy Carrington-Lawrence
Email Stacy Carrington-Lawrence

We are looking to fill a Program Officer position in the Division of Aging Biology (DAB) for a portfolio on Training and Workforce Development.  We intend to fill this position with an individual who is both an outstanding scientist and who has a clear, demonstrable passion for training the next generation of investigators in biological sciences. DAB is committed to improving scientific training and rigor in the research community and preparing future generations of scientists to become outstanding investigators. The portfolio will include institutional and individual training programs, mentored research grants, the Nathan Shock Centers program, and scientific meetings as vehicles for career advancement. This includes increasing diversity in the workforce and the development of resource building grants to support education and research in the biology of aging. Importantly, DAB is expanding its support of research to understand health inequities, and the incumbent in this position would participate in that effort.

The appropriate individual for this position will be a scientist with a research background in basic biology or a related area with an interest and experience in supporting and developing training, mentorship and/or centers programs. Responsibilities will span the entire scientific mission of the DAB, and will include devising programs, overseeing training and scientific meeting grant portfolios, interacting with the scientific community at meetings and workshops and participating in the NIA and NIH outreach and workforce development activities. 

This is a Federal GS-13 or GS-14 position located in Montgomery County MD. The level will be based upon individual qualifications and professional experience.  Salary is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and a full package of Civil Series benefits is available, including recruitment, health and life insurance, leave, and savings (401K equivalent). The position is in the Office of the Division Director, DAB, and will report to the Division Deputy Director.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a current CV and cover letter describing experience and interest in this position to NIA Jobs as well as apply to the formal advertisement through USA Jobs. The announcement will be posted September 20th through September 29th. Application materials will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions is filled. Please address your letters of interest to Dr. Stacy Carrington-Lawrence.

Who May Apply  

A current full time employee of the National Institutes of Health or other granting agency of the United States Federal Government with relevant experience and interests. 

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

Deputy Director, Division of Aging Biology: Stacy Carrington-Lawrence
Email Stacy Carrington-Lawrence

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 innate and adaptive host immune system responses in older individuals that results in increased susceptibility and severity of infectious diseases, 
  • 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 older individuals 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.

Requirements for the position include graduate-level training (e.g., a Ph.D., M.D., or similar degree) with specialized and relevant knowledge in biomedical research, research communications, stakeholder engagement/external affairs, and/or public health issues. Applicants should understand NIH research and policy activities and be willing to undertake additional training as needed.

Program Officer, Cardiac, Circulatory and Pulmonary Systems Aging

The Program Officer is expected to administer and enrich an existing portfolio for studies that emphasize aging-dependent loss of function in the cardiac, venous, arterial and pulmonary systems. There are special interests in the impact of aging on chronic and acute inflammation, changes in stiffness and elasticity, and endothelial (dys)functions in these systems. This portfolio shares (secondary) interests with NHLBI on studies related to the impact of aging on the risk for the development, progression, and treatment of specific cardiovascular, circulatory and pulmonary diseases. Organization of workshops relevant to the portfolio and attendance at appropriate scientific meetings is expected. 

Requirements for the position include graduate-level training (e.g., a Ph.D., M.D., or similar degree) with specialized and relevant knowledge in biomedical research, research communications, stakeholder engagement/external affairs, and/or public health issues. Applicants should understand NIH research and policy activities and be willing to undertake additional training as needed.

For additional information regarding these positions, please contact NIA Jobs.

Chief, Aging Physiology Branch

Deputy Director, Division of Aging Biology: Stacy Carrington-Lawrence
Email Stacy Carrington-Lawrence

The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) is recruiting for Chief of the Aging Physiology 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 Aging Physiology Branch supports research on age-related changes in mechanisms and functions with emphasis on integrative and comparative physiology among tissue and organ systems. 

Learn more about the Division and the Aging Physiology Branch.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a current CV and cover letter describing experience and interest in this position to NIA Jobs as well as apply to the formal advertisement through USA Jobs. The announcement will be posted September 20th through September 29th. Application materials will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions is filled. Please address your letters of interest to Dr. Stacy Carrington-Lawrence.

Major Duties

  • Supervising and providing scientific leadership to program officers managing DAB’s research portfolios and small business grants in the Aging Physiology Branch. 
  • Performing program officer responsibilities and managing her/his own portfolio. Recruitment for specific scientific expertise within the Aging Physiology Branch is currently ongoing and described in the DAB Health Science Administrator position descriptions.
  • 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 in aging physiology.
  • 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. or equivalent degree.
  • Breadth of research expertise and vision to lead, manage, and effectively integrate complex basic biological research concepts for aging physiology.
  • Ability to summarize and prepare reports on key concepts in aging physiology, 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, with an annual salary range of $144,128 to $172,500 (adjusted for DC, MD, VA, WV, and PA locality pay).

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