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Staff Scientists, Division of Translational Toxicology (DTT)

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Division of Translational Toxicology (DTT)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

NIEHS is seeking two Title 42 (g) Staff Scientists within the Division of Translational Toxicology (DTT) (formerly known as the Division of the National Toxicology Program). The successful candidates for these office based/non-laboratory positions will support the strategic mission of the Division by developing, coordinating, and leading scientific and operational activities related to the characterization of hazards of substances. This also includes engaging federal partners and other organizations to develop coordinated research strategies; and representing DTT and NIEHS at national and international scientific workshops and meetings.

The DTT is a team-based scientific organization, and Staff Scientists work closely with other scientists to lead multi-disciplinary, cross-divisional project teams to carry out the division’s mission to improve public health through development of data and knowledge that are translatable, predictive, and timely. Staff Scientists also work on projects in support of the mission of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), a federal interagency partnership of the Food and Drug Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and NIEHS, whose mission is to partner to build knowledge and advance toxicological sciences to protect and promote human health.

This announcement covers multiple areas within DTT. One position (NR136-STB) will be in the Systems Toxicology Branch and one position (NR136-OPO) will be in the Office of Program Operations. Applicants will be considered for both open positions. However, they are encouraged to indicate their preferred position and to structure their applications accordingly.

A strong preference will be given to mid-level scientists with prior experience in use of experimental in vivo toxicological testing strategies (e.g., rodent, and alternative models) as well as use of novel in vitro approaches to assess and characterize the potential toxicological hazard of substances of concern to human health. Applicants should have expertise in a relevant area of toxicology or related biological science discipline, as well as expertise relevant to one or more of DTT’s strategic focus areas, that include combined exposures/mixtures research, occupational/inhalation exposures, toxicity of consumer products/therapeutics, and impacts of substances on cancer, developmental neurotoxicity, and cardiovascular disease.

The applicants also should have 7-10 years post-doctorate research experience in project leadership and management in a team environment demonstrating increased independence and overall responsibility for multiple complex projects. The selected candidates will be expected to demonstrate a proven ability to foster important relationships with collaborators, key stakeholders, and DTT staff in public forums and within project teams and to interact effectively with senior management in public forums and within project teams.

A Staff Scientist is a NIH employee generally appointed to a time-limited, renewable position. Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge. Staff Scientists should be capable of independently designing and managing projects. The Staff Scientists in these positions will be expected to lead independent research projects and mentor trainees and other branch staff.

Qualifications: The ideal candidates for these positions will have 1) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (e.g., MD, ScD, DVM, PharmD) in a scientific field applicable to, as appropriate, cancer and/or non-cancer environmental hazards or a related aspect of toxicology, public health; 2) expertise and experience in the conduct and evaluation of in vivo, in vitro and/or in silico toxicology assessments characterizing substances of concern; 3) recognition as a scientifically active and respected expert (e.g. as evidenced by honors, awards, board certification, invited presentations and consultations, elected positions in professional societies, invited reviewer for journals, publications); 4) strong oral and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal, negotiation and facilitation skills; 5) a demonstrated ability to innovate and work in a team-based multi-disciplinary organization; 6) ability to provide advice and consultation to both technical and non-technical personnel; and 7) leadership skills and training necessary to develop strategies for the conduct and management of complex projects.

Salary/benefits: These are federal full-time equivalent positions with a salary commensurate with the experience and qualifications of candidates. Full federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) apply.

How to Apply: Interested candidates must submit materials as one combined PDF to Bonnie J. Earnhardt. All emails should include vacancy number NR136-OPO or NR136-STB 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 especially those involving women or persons from other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

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 NR136-OPO or NR136-STB in the email subject line.

Questions about this position can be forwarded to Dr. Nigel J. Walker. Incomplete applications or paper applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin January 13, 2023, 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.

NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 institutes and centers employ more than 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information about the NIH mission, goals and institutes and centers, visit About NIH.

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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