Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

National Institute on Aging

Intramural Research Program

Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

Staff Scientist 1

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), Intramural Research Program (IRP), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking applications from highly motivated individuals to serve as a Staff Scientist in the Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD) in Bethesda, MD. CARD is a collaborative initiative between the NIA and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) that supports basic, translational, and clinical research on Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease related dementias (AD/ADRD). CARD’s central mission is to initiate, stimulate, accelerate, and support research that will lead to the development of improved treatments and preventions for these diseases.

CARD is seeking to recruit a candidate who will work to support research, training, collaboration, and skill development in the space of AD/ADRD. The position is centered on two interrelated primary activities. First, to support and perform data science research in AD/ADRD with a focus on exploring molecular mechanisms of disease and defining the etiologies of disease. Second, to develop and operate training opportunities for researchers within and collaborating with CARD and to use these, in part, to support local, international, and global collaboration. Thus, the successful candidate will have to have a strong interest and background in research, training, knowledge transfer, and team science.

CARD is a highly collaborative research center that aims to be a central hub for collaboration and cooperation. The science performed in CARD is collaborative and team-based in nature and there will be a large number of scientists and research groups working with or at CARD with varied expertise and from around the world. In the initial phase, CARD is focused on understanding biology, anchored in genetics; prediction and prognosis of disease; de-risking targets; and precision therapeutics.

CARD research is data centric and multidisciplinary, thus this position aims to recruit someone who can participate in data science research and bridge the gaps among data, basic, translational, and clinical research, and researchers. As described above, the successful applicant will work in two domains. The first aspect of the work would center on the integration and analysis of genetic, genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and clinical data, and the successful applicant will have a strong track record in working with and analyzing large multi-modal datasets that include each of these data types. The types of research questions this individual will focus on will vary but will include those that aim to understand the molecular etiology of AD/ADRD, to define mechanistic subtypes of AD/ADRD, and to understand the molecular basis of disease heterogeneity. The second aspect of this position requires an individual who has the vision to build training and collaborative programs in order to grow CARD’s research capacity through training, strengthen and diversify our workforce, and effect collaboration and outreach to further CARD’s goals. In order to fully realize the potential of CARD, there is a requirement for an individual who can develop strategies to support the research, training, and collaborative efforts of CARD and who can create and support a research structure to stimulate cooperation. In particular, our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion means that the successful applicant will be someone who can construct approaches to attract and support underrepresented talent. The successful candidate must be committed to scientific excellence and highly collaborative work as a part of the research endeavor and will foster this throughout the development and operation of the Center.

The successful individual must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences or related fields, with 5 or more years of experience working in a laboratory setting.  Experience in playing a substantial organizational role in large collaborative international research efforts is essential.  Experience in neurodegenerative disease research in the fields of genetics, genomics, and multi-modal data analysis is also essential.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in contributing to teaching and training programs for genetics and genomics in neurodegenerative disease and will have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity, in their prior research or training experience. The skills and experience required for this position should be documented by publications in the relevant fields.

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/Center. Although this Staff Scientist will be supervised by the CARD Director, they will be interacting with the scientists from the IRP and scientific community at large.

Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life, and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Additional information regarding CARD is available at the following website:

To apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, major research contributions and/or training experience, and three letters of recommendation to: Sarah Lewis, Intramural Program Specialist; Office of the Scientific Director, National Institute on Aging; Vacancy #NIA-IRP-2021-05-SL; via email: Applications, including letters of recommendation, must reference the Vacancy #NIA-IRP-2021-05-SL. The first round of reviews is expected to occur on or about October 18, 2021; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.