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The Division of Neuroscience is hiring two branch chiefs

The NIA Division of Neuroscience (DN) offers a fast-paced, collegial work environment in support of cutting-edge research and advances in all areas related to brain aging and behavior, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease related dementias. DN plays a critical role in working across the Federal Government and with other partners to prioritize and implement the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The 2021 NIH Alzheimer's Research Summit: Path to Precision Medicine for Treatment and Prevention highlighted important opportunities and challenges for our work.

Join our rapidly growing team!

We are seeking dynamic and effective leaders with expertise in basic neuroscience or population studies and genetics. Knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias is strongly preferred.

Candidates will provide leadership for their branch and work collaboratively with their peers across the Division, and with colleagues across the NIA and NIH. They will have opportunities to cultivate a portfolio of grant-supported research; lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations, and develop scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues, conferences, and workshops).

See below for specific descriptions of the two open positions.

Chief, Population Studies and Genetics Branch

The Population Studies and Genetics Branch (PSG) fosters research aimed at understanding the contributions of population and genetics studies in brain aging and neurodegeneration among diverse populations in the U.S. and globally. The Population studies portfolio embraces research that examines the trajectory of cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and AD/ADRD. The Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease portfolio is aimed at the discovery of therapeutic targets for AD by identification of regions in the genome conferring risk or protection and associated molecular pathways with clear links to the etiology of disease. Research focuses on discovery of novel genomic elements and their functional roles driving heterogeneity and pathogenesis of AD/ADRD in multiple ethnic groups and includes support of the NIA Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS), the NIA-approved data repository for AD/ADRD genetic data.

Chief, Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegeneration Branch

The Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegeneration Branch(NAN) supports a diverse research portfolio aimed at understanding how the nervous system is affected during normal and pathological aging, including investigating genetic, molecular, cellular, and neural mechanisms underlying changes in the brain and its interaction with other physiological systems. This diverse portfolio spans fundamental neuroscience, integrative neurobiology, sleep and circadian rhythms, and basic science of AD/ADRD. NAN is also active in trans-NIH neuroscience activities such as the NIH Blueprint and the NIH Brain Initiative.

Interested parties can contact and should apply to the forthcoming Global Announcement for GS-15 supervisory positions opening 01/18/2022 and closing 1/27/2022 on USA Jobs.