Wanted: NIGMS Program Directors


UPDATE: These positions are now open. Please visit our Job Vacancies page for more information.

We’re recruiting scientists for positions in our Division for Research Capacity Building (DRCB); Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB); and Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB). The successful applicants will be responsible for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research grants and/or research training and career development awards, and will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities related to their field of expertise.

The DRCB position involves the management of grants supporting research and providing resources for research infrastructure enhancement and capacity building in the basic, translational, and clinical biomedical sciences. The chosen candidates will manage Institutional Development Award​ and/or Support for Research Excellence programs and may contribute to other programmatic activities as opportunities and needs emerge. See the DRCB website for more information about the Division’s programs. Applicants should have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. Individuals with a strong background in clinical and/or translational, behavioral, epidemiological, community engagement, health disparities, and public health research are strongly encouraged to apply. All interested candidates should send a letter of interest to Krishan Arora and Michele McGuirl.

The BBCB position is in our Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Branch, which supports research and training portfolios in developing bioinformatics and computational approaches that join biology with computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, data science, and physics. The BCB Branch also manages the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study network, the joint NSF-NIGMS BioMath initiative to support research at the interface of the biological and mathematical sciences, and collaborations with other NIH institutes and centers on bioinformatics and data science. Applicants should have experience in developing and/or applying computational approaches in solving biomedical problems. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, computational and mathematical biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, and biomedical data science, including artificial intelligence/machine learning. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest to Jean Yuan and Dorothy Beckett.

The GMCDB position supports research grants focused on understanding the structure and function of cells and cellular components and the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie inheritance, gene expression, and development. We’re especially interested in applicants with expertise in developmental biology. All prospective candidates should have expertise in the mechanism and regulation of genetics including basic molecular processes and cellular biology, as well as a doctoral degree in one of the sciences underlying these research areas. Contact Shawn Gaillard with any questions about this position.

For all positions, outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential, and familiarity with NIH extramural funding as an applicant, reviewer, or NIH scientific administrator is a plus.

The positions are included in the NIH global recruitment for Health Scientist Administrators. There will be two GS-12/13/14 HSA (Program Officer) vacancy announcements for each position: one for federal employees (candidates with current or former federal employment status) and one for the public (candidates without such status). The announcements will 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 may also find the NIGMS tip sheet [PDF] for global recruitments helpful. For additional information about these positions, visit our job vacancies webpage to view the announcements. If you have questions about the recruitment process, contact Ayanna Vest.

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