Wanted: Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Program Directors


UPDATE: These positions are now closed.

We’re seeking two highly qualified scientists to serve as program directors in the Genetic Mechanisms Branch (GMB) and the Developmental and Cellular Processes Branch (DCPB) of our Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB).

GMCDB 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. All prospective candidates should have expertise in the mechanism and regulation of genetics including basic molecular processes, cellular biology, and/or developmental biology.

The selectees 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.

Duties include 1.) providing applicants and grantees with guidance on programs and issues, 2.) analyzing applications from a programmatic viewpoint to formulate funding recommendations, 3.) providing advice in program planning and evaluation related to research grants and their scientific area, and 4.) evaluating emerging fields and assessing the quality of research within a field.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s or graduate/higher-level advanced degree in a biomedical science field related to the work of the position. Both positions require outstanding written and oral communication skills and familiarity with NIH extramural funding. Experience as a NIH grant applicant, awardee, reviewer, and/or NIH scientific administrator is a plus.

Both positions are included in the NIH global recruitment for health scientist administrators (HSAs). 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 opened today (January 17) and will close on January 26.

In preparing an application, the webpage on applying for scientific administration jobs at NIGMS may offer 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.

All interested candidates should send a CV and any questions about these positions to Andrea Keane-Myers (GMB) and Jianhua Xu (DCPB). If you have questions about the recruitment process, contact the NIGMS Workforce Team.

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