Wanted: Program Director, Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch


UPDATE: The position is now closed.

We’re recruiting for an accomplished scientist with interest and experience in total body responses to traumatic and other injuries, as well as sepsis, to join the Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences (PPS) Branch of the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry (PPBC). The successful applicant will have responsibility for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research, career development, and training grants. Opportunities also exist for Small Business Innovation and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants.

The PPS Branch of PPBC supports both basic and clinical research. This position offers stewardship of grants related to investigations directed toward improving understanding of the holistic responses of human bodies to traumatic, burn, and surgical injuries, including biochemical and physiological changes, as well as inflammatory, immunological, and hypermetabolic responses induced by injuries. The research supported by these portfolios covers from the time immediately following injury through ultimate resolution and includes aspects of critical illness.

Other research areas supported in this branch include studies of the mechanisms of innate and adaptive immune responses, wound healing, sepsis and septic shock, clinical pharmacology, anesthesia, and basic research into the functions of receptors, channels, membrane lipids, and other components of intra- and inter-cellular communications.

Applicants should have experience and a doctoral degree in one of the sciences underlying these research areas, including immunology, pathology, microbiology, cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, or medicine. Candidates should also have outstanding written and oral communication skills. The job responsibilities involve working collaboratively with other staff to stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities for the portfolio of research awards. Interest, knowledge, and experience in human subjects research and clinical trials are a plus.

This position is included in the Global Recruitment: Recruiting for all of NIH. There will be two GS-12/13/14 HSA (Program Officer) vacancy announcements: one for federal employees (candidates with current or former federal employment status) and one for the public (candidates without such status). The vacancy announcements open on September 21 and close on September 30.

In preparing an application, the webpage on applying for scientific administration jobs at NIGMS may offer other useful information. You also may find the NIGMS tip sheet [PDF] for global recruitments helpful. We encourage all interested candidates to contact one of us at niezhong@nigms.nih.gov or longr@nigms.nih.gov to ask questions about this position or the recruitment process.

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