Wanted: Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry Branch Chief


UPDATE: The position is now closed.

We’re seeking a highly qualified scientist to serve as a branch chief in our Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry (PPBC). This is a newly created position for the Division as it reorganizes into three branches. Applicants should have significant interest and experience in the scientific areas managed by the Division, which will continue to encompass all the existing research portfolios and will generally be arranged into branches covering physiology and clinical sciences, biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, and chemistry and chemical biology. For a listing of the current scientific topics, see the research areas entries under PPBC.

PPBC supports a broad spectrum of research aimed at obtaining a molecular-level understanding of biological processes and approaches to their control. Research funded takes a multifaceted approach to problems in pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, and biological chemistry that are very fundamental in nature and includes both basic and clinical studies. The Division staff members are involved in administering NIGMS programs for a range of grant opportunities across the Institute, including research project grants, fellowships, career awards, training grants, technology development awards, and small business grants.

An NIGMS branch chief’s responsibilities include scientific and administrative planning for grant awards, overseeing grant portfolio activities for each of a branch’s program directors, managing and evaluating activities of the branch, and optimizing a branch’s procedures. Additionally, the branch chief will manage an assigned research grant portfolio and will work closely with other branch chiefs in PPBC and the Division director.

Candidates should have expertise in any of the scientific areas supported by the Division. Experience as an NIH scientific grant administrator is a plus, and outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential. Candidates should have strong interest in supervising and mentoring a team of program directors, and in serving as a leader within the branch, the Division, and the Institute.

This position is being advertised as part of the NIH global recruitment for health scientist administrators. We’ll accept applications for remote, local remote, and local duty stations in separate vacancy announcements, which will open on September 18 and close on September 27. If you’re interested in the position, please submit your CV and a letter of interest to the NIGMS Workforce inbox. Links to the vacancy announcements will be provided on the NIGMS job vacancies webpage when they are available. Candidates who complete the application process are strongly encouraged to separately send a letter of interest and CV to me.

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