Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
NIEHS is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated scientist to serve as Chief of the Toxicology Branch (TB) in the Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP) at NIEHS. The mission of the DNTP is to evaluate environmental substances of public health concern by developing and applying tools of modern toxicology and molecular biology. The DNTP provides critical data for regulatory and non-regulatory stakeholder action to protect human health using rodent studies, alternative in vivo model systems, in vitro high-throughput screens and computational approaches to gauge the potential of thousands of substances to perturb biological targets and pathways.
The scientific goals of the DNTP are achieved through a distinct and highly cooperative and integrated team science operational model whereby scientific staff across multiple branches in the DNTP self-assemble into project teams and utilize centrally-managed shared resources, in contrast to the traditional NIH principal investigator led research group model. The majority of research is carried out through use of external research and development contracts together with a limited amount of onsite intramural laboratory research capability. The governance of projects that use DNTP resources are centrally approved by management.
The Toxicology Branch Chief is responsible for oversight of all the major functions of the organizational unit of the DNTP that provides much of the design, oversite, interpretation and reporting of traditional DNTP toxicology and carcinogenesis studies. Responsibilities of the TB Chief include providing scientific leadership and vision for the Branch, participating in the leadership of the DNTP, managing the Branch budget and staffing, ensuring that all TB staff have training opportunities for career development, and assuring inclusion of diversity and equity considerations in all TB activities.
The TB Chief also leads and otherwise contributes to DNTP multidisciplinary teams conceiving, developing, designing, interpreting, and reporting toxicology, carcinogenicity and other applied and basic science research activities. These activities are highly diverse and range from in vitro and in vivo evaluations of the potential health impact of cell phone radiation, medicinal herbs, pharmaceuticals, environmental substances that mimic or interfere with endogenous hormones, and occupational chemical exposures, to the study of mold and novel substances such as nanoscale materials. In DNTP multidisciplinary teams, the senior leaders partner with toxicologists, chemists, pathologists, specialists in metabolism and kinetics, as well as experts in genetic toxicity, in vitro screening and molecular modeling to design research programs tailored to the issues presented by individual substances under study.
The successful applicant will possess a strong foundational scientific knowledge in an area of toxicology, and a working knowledge of carcinogenesis, genomics, molecular biology, molecular genetics, cellular biology, systems biology, pathology, and statistics. The applicant should be recognized for his/her scientific expertise within the national and international scientific community. The applicant will have demonstrated experience leading successful scientific research programs, including large multi-institutional programs, and participation in national and international consortia.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a professional research-based degree (Ph.D., M.D., Pharm.D., or D.V.M.) in the life sciences, with extensive experience in in vivo toxicology and carcinogenesis studies carried out according to national and international guidelines. The successful candidate must demonstrate the strategic and visionary leadership for identifying and matching new scientific technologies with the needs of the DNTP, while also understanding the limitations of data generated through these approaches for public health decision-making. Salary will commensurate with experience. A full civil service package of benefits (including health insurance, life insurance, and retirement) is available. This position is restricted to U.S. citizens.
How to Apply
Applications for this position will be accepted via USAJOBS. Please check back for specific dates and the link for this recruitment. There will be a 10-day window to apply for the position. Applicants should submit the following: cover letter highlighting key qualifications; current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography; and names and addresses of three references. Please include in your CV a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. For questions or additional information on this recruitment, please contact Dr. Robert C. Sills.
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