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Staff Scientist, Veterinary Medicine Section, Comparative Medicine Branch

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Comparative Medicine Branch (CMB)
Veterinary Medicine Section (VMS)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

The Comparative Medicine Branch (CMB) of NIEHS, NIH, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina is recruiting a Staff Scientist for the Veterinary Medicine Section (VMS) under the leadership of Terry Blankenship-Paris, D.V.M., M.S. The VMS is a service core combining research, training, and regulatory compliance with all animal research regulations.

The Staff Scientist, working under the direction of the Head, VMS will have responsibilities for (but not limited to):

  1. Review of animal study protocols and performance of veterinary prereview.
  2. Development and application of animal research refinement techniques.
  3. Oversight of animal research projects.
  4. Clinical oversight of rodent colonies.
  5. Rodent surgical planning, assistance, and performance.
  6. Oversight of imaging and physiological instrumentation.
  7. Investigator training on clinical, surgical, and technical procedures.
  8. Rotating weekend and holiday on-call availability.

A Staff Scientist is a NIH employee generally appointed to a time-limited, renewable position to support the long-term research of a Principal Investigator. Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the laboratory.

Qualifications: Candidates must possess a DVM degree, board certification with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, experience with rodent animal models including imaging techniques (fluoroscopy, ultrasound, radiography), evidence of successfully working both independently and as a member of a team, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary/benefits: This is a federal full-time equivalent position, and a comprehensive benefits package is available. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

How to Apply: Interested candidates must submit materials as one combined PDF via email to Bonnie J. Earnhardt. All emails should include vacancy number NR141 in the subject line. A complete application includes:

  • Cover Letter: 1–2-page descriptive letter of interest.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Include the full curriculum vitae including bibliography. Please include a description of mentoring and outreach activities.
  • Statement addressing commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (not to exceed 1 page).

In addition, you must arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Letters should be on official letterhead and signed. Referees must include the applicant’s name and vacancy number NR141 in the email subject line.

Questions about this position can be forwarded to Terry L. Blankenship-Paris, D.V.M., M.S. Incomplete applications or paper applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin on October 11, 2022, and the search will be closed once the position is filled.

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity: NIH/NIEHS encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. NIH/NIEHS will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.

Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed all or part of their education outside of the United States must provide an evaluation by an accredited organization to ensure its equivalence to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

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DHHS, NIH, NIEHS are an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Do not include your birthdate, photograph, or social security number (SSN) on application materials. DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

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