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Staff Scientist 1 - Comparative Medicine Section

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

National Institute on Aging

Intramural Research Program

Staff Scientist 1

The NIA Intramural Research Program (IRP), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a Staff Scientist 1 in the Comparative Medicine Section (CMS) located in Baltimore, MD. The incumbent will be supervised by the Animal Program Director of the CMS and will provide support for the animal research program in the IRP. Additionally, the incumbent will be involved in the preparation for the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International re-evaluation visit, and the semi-annual Animal Care & Use Committee (ACUC) facility inspections.

The Staff Scientist will support a wide variety of scientific studies on aging, while managing numerous trainings and surgery classes for the scientific staff. Trainings will include animal handling, animal anesthesia, basic introductory surgery classes, advanced general surgery classes and brain and/or stereotaxic surgery classes in a variety of species. The incumbent will also assist with the day-to-day clinical veterinary operations of the NIA IRP vivarium in Baltimore. The incumbent will occasionally be responsible for experimental surgery as required by the needs of IRP research protocols. In addition, the Staff Scientist will be responsible for consulting and collaborating with IRP laboratories on animal study proposal design and providing technical support to Investigators and trainees. Extensive experience with rodents and rabbits is preferred and nonhuman primate experience is also valued. Experience in animal models of aging and age-related diseases in a variety of species is preferred.

A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or equivalent degree) with specialty training and experience in laboratory animal medicine is required. Board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) is preferred and veterinarian licensing in the United States is required.

Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the Section. Although this Staff Scientist will be supervised by the Animal Program Director of the CMS, they will be interacting with scientists from the NIA IRP, other NIH Institutes, and the scientific community at large. 

Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health and life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Additional information regarding the NIA IRP is available at the following website:

To apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Aisha McCoy, Intramural Program Specialist, Office of the Scientific Director, National Institute on Aging, Vacancy #NIA-IRP-24-01-AM via email at Applications, including letters of recommendation, must reference the Vacancy #NIA-IRP-24-01-AM. The first round of reviews is expected to occur on or about December 22, 2023; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

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