The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking a Biologist with expertise in pain, addiction biology, or related disciplines or cell-based high-throughput screening, to join a growing team at its Rockville, Maryland location.
The selected research scientist will join a multidisciplinary team in an interactive laboratory environment, contributing to collaborative projects with the goal of developing probes and drug lead candidates against novel targets aligned with the NIH Help End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative, such as pain, addiction, and overdose. S/he will apply cutting-edge cell biology and bioassay technologies for the development of screening assays and will be involved in all aspects of the implementation of small molecule screening programs including assay design, assay development and optimization, pilot and high-throughput screening, data analysis, and follow-up studies in support of structure-activity relationship (SAR) and mechanism of action studies for the development of novel pharmacological probes.
This individual will keep accurate and complete records of all scientific experiments according to established procedures and ensure that these records and raw data are properly retained. S/he will draft technical reports, manuscripts, and present work internally and to external collaborators as needed.
A Doctoral degree, or equivalent, in neuroscience, cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, or related discipline and a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate experience are preferred. Candidate with Master’s degree training and laboratory experience will also be considered. Experience with molecular biology, in vitro assay development, high-throughput screening cell imaging, and/or cell engineering is highly desirable. The candidate should be self-motivated, an independent thinker, a thorough and meticulous experimentalist, a team player, and able to multitask in an interactive setting. Effective communication and presentation skills are required. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US for any employer.
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About National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH
The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) — one of 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — was established to transform the translational process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster.