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Your Environment. Your Health.

Staff Scientist, National Toxicology Program (NTP), Integrative Health Assessment Branch (IHAB)

Staff Scientist
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Toxicology Program (NTP)
Integrative Health Assessment Branch (IHAB)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

NIEHS is seeking two supervisory Title 42 (g) staff scientists, one to oversee the efforts of the NTP Report on Carcinogens (RoC) and the other to lead the efforts of the Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT) monographs. Incumbents will manage activities to analyze health effects research and produce science – based information to inform policy positions and public health practices derived from existing literature and NTP research. The incumbents will also collaborate with and mentor federal and contract staff responsible for the NTP RoC and OHAT monographs. The incumbents will develop and publish reports and journal articles utilizing systematic review approaches and will oversee the application and modification of systematic review approaches in the service of the analysis activities in the IHAB, Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP). Applicants will be considered for both open positions. However, they are encouraged to indicate their preferred position (NR123-RoC or NR123-OHAT) and to structure their applications accordingly.

The DNTP is a principal component of the interagency National Toxicology Program (NTP). The NTP evaluates environmental substances of public health concern utilizing tools of modern toxicology. The DNTP provides public health guidance through publication of the RoC and OHAT Monographs. The RoC lists substances either known or reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens, and OHAT Monographs assess evidence that selected environmental exposures may or may not affect non-cancer health outcomes. These assessments draw on an increasingly complicated literature comprised of published studies of human epidemiology and exposures, experimental animal and mechanisms of action information, reflecting the growing complexity of environmental science.

The IHAB develops and applies innovative informatic and other approaches to integrate evidence across the different types of data to support decision-making at DNTP and in support of evidence-based human health assessments of environmental substances. Branch activities seek to provide meaningful translation of experimental animal, mechanistic, and human epidemiology study findings into actionable public health messaging. Working with minimal regulatory or legislative constraints, the branch has the freedom to identify and define environmental health topics of potential concern, define specific lines of inquiry, identify data gaps, and formulate criteria by which literature is evaluated to address these topics.

Qualifications: The ideal candidates for the two positions will have 1) a Ph.D. or equivalent degree (M.D., Sc.D., D.V.M., Pharm.D.) in a scientific field applicable to, as appropriate, cancer and/or non-cancer environmental hazards or a related aspect of toxicology, epidemiology or public health; 2) experience in the evaluation and utilization of human epidemiology studies and exposure information, experimental toxicology studies, and mechanistic studies in health assessments; 3) national recognition as a practitioner in systematic review and familiarity with applicable software tools, for example, AI Document Scanning Technologies; 4) have made major contributions as evidenced by co-authorship on a reasonable number of peer reviewed reports or publications in journals generally acknowledged in respective scientific field of expertise; 5) a demonstrated ability to innovate and work in a highly matrixed organization and 6) communication and leadership skills to build multidisciplinary teams and to motivate, mentor, and inspire staff. Candidates for the RoC position would likely be expected to have an impressive record demonstrating understanding and accomplishment in the area of cancer research, policy, or clinical or public health practice.

As a NIH Title 42 (g) staff scientist, the employee is generally appointed to a time-limited, renewable position. The employee does not receive independent resources, although they will often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the branch.

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: To submit a complete application package, interested candidates must submit their full curriculum vitae including bibliography and a 3- to 4-page statement of past research and future plans, as ONE (1) combined PDF to Ms. Bonnie Earnhardt at Please include vacancy number NR123 and your name in the subject line of your email submission. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women or persons from other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. In addition, applicants must arrange to have at least three (3) referees send letters of recommendation to Letters should be on official letterhead and signed. Please be sure that referees include your name and vacancy number NR123-RoC or NR123-OHAT in the subject line of their email. For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Darlene Dixon. Incomplete applications or paper applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin on April 12, 2021.

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 part or all 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) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

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

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