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 recruiting for a Staff Scientist in the Comparative Medicine Section (CMS) of the Office of the Scientific Director (OSD), in Baltimore, MD. The CMS in the OSD provides support to thirty-seven Principal Investigators conducting research on seventy-eight approved Animal Study Proposals. The work performed is directed towards understanding pathological and abnormal states of the aging body and brain. The incumbent will work with all NIA/IRP Laboratories requiring assistance in developing and conducting rodent neurosurgery, behavioral phenotyping, and in vivo neurobiological assessment of aged rodents. The incumbent must be experienced in rat and mouse stereotaxic surgery (viral infusion and optical fiber implantation); behavioral tests evaluating locomotor, cognitive, emotional, and sensory function; commonly used behavioral equipment software; and statistical analysis software. Experience with ANY-Maze, Ethovision, and MED-PC script writing are required and experience with DigiGait software is highly desired. Experience with data analysis using R, MATLAB, Python, or an equivalent software, is required. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining microsurgery and behavioral equipment and for optimizing behavioral tests to meet the needs of aging research. The individual will also be intensively involved in oversight of CMS activities for the newly launched Longitudinal Rat Resource project. Experience managing shared scientific resources and supervising laboratory staff are also required as are excellent written and oral (English) communication skills.
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. Although the incumbent will report to the Scientific Director, under the supervision of the CMS Director, he/she will interact with investigators and the scientific community throughout the IRP. The primary role for the selectee is to provide support for Principal Investigators and their groups on aging research design and implementation in rodents. This includes advice and discussion on experimental design, training junior fellows, providing technical assistance, and instruction in survival intracranial surgery, animal behavior, data collection, and analyses. Critical duties are to organize, schedule, and maintain all assigned rooms so that the day-to-day operations of the rodent neurosurgery and behavioral phenotyping areas operate smoothly. The individual will provide support and guidance to scientists conducting research.
The successful individual must have a Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in neuroscience, physiology, behavioral biology, or related discipline, with 2 years of postdoctoral experience in the field of behavioral neuroscience using rodent models. 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 the NIA IRP is available at the following website: www.irp.nia.nih.gov.
To apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Angela Prazak, Staff Assistant; Office of the Scientific Director; Vacancy # NIA-IRP-19-09; National Institute on Aging, Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 04C230, Baltimore, MD 21224 or email: email@example.com. Applications must reference the Vacancy #NIA-IRP-19-09 and be received on or before June 17, 2019 for consideration.
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