Wanted: Chemistry and Chemical Biology Program Director


UPDATE: This position is now closed.

We’re seeking a highly qualified scientist to serve as a program director 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 comprising the newly formed Chemistry and Chemical Biology Branch. The purpose of the Branch is to foster meritorious research in chemical biology, synthetic biology, chemical catalysis and synthesis, carbohydrate chemistry, natural products, bioinorganic chemistry, and metabolic engineering. We seek candidates with cutting-edge skills and abilities who can complement existing Branch members.

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. Staff members often handle 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 program director’s responsibilities include scientific and administrative oversight of research grant awards and monitoring grant portfolio activities, in conjunction with the Branch Chief. Additionally, the program director works closely with other staff within the Branch and across the Division. For a complete listing of the current scientific topics covered by the Division, see the research areas entries under PPBC.

We invite applications from candidates proficient in the core scientific disciplines related to the new Branch, with a preference for those possessing expertise in chemical and synthetic biology. While prior experience as an NIH scientific grant administrator isn’t required, outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential. Applicants should have a strong interest in applying their scientific knowledge to stewardship of research grant awards and in collaborating with peers on a team to accomplish the NIGMS mission.

This position is included 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 January 17 and close on January 26. Links to the vacancy announcements will be provided on the NIGMS job vacancies webpage when they become available. Candidates who complete the application process are strongly encouraged to separately send a letter of interest and their CV to us.

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