Job Opportunity: Staff Scientist, Translational Gerontology Branch, NIA

Kim Petrie
September 10, 2013

The TGB conducts studies aimed at understanding the changes that occur with aging in health status and physical and cognitive function, under the direction of the Branch Chief, Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D. The TGB has a multifaceted research portfolio that includes several ongoing clinical and epidemiological studies in humans and a number of mechanistic studies in animal models. In addition, the TGB has a large effort aimed at supplying biological samples to other laboratories that address issues related to aging and the development of age-related diseases. This program of research involves extensive collaboration with intramural and extramural researchers and several international academic institutions.

Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the branch. The applicant must be experienced in experimental design of complex schemes of analysis and will be expected to advise scientists from multiple laboratories on issues related to study design and analytical methods.  In addition, the applicant will be required to work closely with collaborators both within and outside of the Intramural Research Program, and establish new efforts and collaborations to improve the research portfolio of TGB. He/she will interact with and train junior scientists in both basic and advanced statistical methods. Although this Staff Scientist will be supervised by the Branch Chief, he/she will be interacting with the scientists from the NIA/IRP at large, including those conducting studies in animal models. The successful candidate will have experience in collaborative research documented in publications and more generally will have a history of publications that reflect experience in the statistical requirements of this position.

The successful individual must have a Ph.D., or M.D., or equivalent degree. Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments. The salary range for a Staff Scientist is $89,033 - $155,500. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. 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: Jamie Hertzfelt, Intramural Program  Specialist; Office of the Scientific Director; Vacancy # IRP-13-07; National Institute on Aging, Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 04C232, Baltimore, MD  21224 or email:  Applications must be received on or before October 13, 2013.DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.