Author: Dorothy Beckett

Dorothy is the director of the NIGMS Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences. She works with the scientific community to advance BBCB’s mission to support research in biophysics, biotechnology, and computational biology.

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Wanted: Biomedical Technology Branch Chief

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We’re seeking a highly qualified scientist to serve as Branch Chief for our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB). Applicants should have interest and experience in the scientific areas managed by the Biomedical Technology Branch. Position responsibilities include scientific and administrative planning, management, and evaluation; optimization of Branch procedures; and overseeing of Branch program directors’ grant portfolio activities. The Branch Chief will also manage a research grant portfolio and work collaboratively with the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and Biophysics Branch Chiefs and the BBCB Division Director.

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Wanted: NIGMS Program Directors

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UPDATE: These positions are now closed.

We’re recruiting accomplished scientists for positions in our 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 grants and career development awards, and will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities related to their field of expertise.

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Wanted: Biophysics Branch Chief

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UPDATE: This position is now closed.

We’re seeking a highly qualified scientist to serve as a branch chief in our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB). Applicants should have interest and experience in the scientific areas managed by the Biophysics Branch. Position responsibilities include scientific and administrative planning, managing, and evaluating activities of the Branch; optimizing Branch procedures; and overseeing grant portfolio activities of Branch program directors. The branch chief will also manage a research grant portfolio and will work closely with the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and Biomedical Technology branch chiefs and the BBCB division director.

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Funding Opportunity: Biomedical Technology Optimization and Dissemination Program

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UPDATE: The webinar video and slides [PDF] are now available.

We’re pleased to share the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for our biomedical technology optimization and dissemination (BTOD) centers (RM1) (PAR-23-110). The goals of the BTOD centers are to optimize state-of-the-art, NIGMS mission-relevant, late-stage technologies, and to disseminate these technologies to both experts and nonexperts in biomedical research for their broad use. A BTOD center may focus on optimizing a single technology or multiple integrated technologies. Community engagement activities should result in broad dissemination of the optimized technologies for the research community’s sustainable use.

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Funding Opportunity: Instrumentation Grant Program for Resource-Limited Institutions (S10)

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UPDATE: The webinar video and slides [PDF] are now available along with a program website featuring FAQs.

As part of NIH’s UNITE initiative to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical research, we’re pleased to announce the release of the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO): Instrumentation Grant Program for Resource-Limited Institutions (RLI-S10) (PAR-23-138). The RLI-S10 program aims to enhance research capacity and educational opportunities at resource-limited institutions by providing funds to purchase modern, scientific instrumentation. Applications may propose purchase of instruments that support basic, translational, clinical, or biomedically related behavioral science. The instruments may be used in formal courses for teaching purposes as well as for research projects.

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Funding Opportunity: Optimization of Data Storage and Utilization for the Sequence Read Archive

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We’re pleased to announce a new notice of special interest (NOSI) (NOT-GM-23-015) addressing the urgent need for cost reduction of the Sequence Read Archive (SRA) data storage and utilization.

The SRA, hosted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), contains a broad collection of raw DNA and RNA sequencing data that continues to grow exponentially. In an effort to reduce the cost and identify efficient solutions for SRA data, NIGMS has partnered with NLM and NIH’s Office of Data Science Strategy to support research on ways to optimize SRA data compression and representation.

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NIGMS Funding Opportunities for Technology Development and Upcoming Webinar

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UPDATE: The video for this webinar are now available.

We’re pleased to share that NIGMS has reissued two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for our technology development program. Both FOAs support the development of novel technologies with the potential for broad utility in biomedical research. They are:

Technology Development Research for Establishing Feasibility and Proof of Concept (R21)
PAR-22-126

Applications to this FOA should propose technology development at a conceptual stage, not yet supported by any proof-of-concept-data, in order to demonstrate feasibility of the proposed technology and/or establish the most likely path to successful development. When compared to current state-of-the-art technology, the proposed concept should lead to a technological breakthrough or a significant advance in current biomedical research or approaches.

First application receipt date: June 16

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Wanted: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch Chief

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UPDATE: This position is now closed.

We’re seeking a highly qualified branch chief for our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB). Applicants should have interest and experience in the scientific areas managed by the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Branch. Position responsibilities include: scientific and administrative planning, management, and evaluation; optimization of Branch procedures; and overseeing grant portfolio activities of the Branch program directors. The branch chief will also manage a research grant portfolio and will work closely with the Biophysics and Biomedical Technology Branch chiefs and the BBCB division director.

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Wanted: Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Division Director

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GMCDB Search Committee Members:

Dorothy Beckett, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Chair

Celeste Berg, University of Washington

Orna Cohen-Fix, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Tom Dever, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Dan Gallahan, National Cancer Institute

Anna Ramsey-Ewing, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

David Rice, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, NIH

Laura Stanek, Office of Human Resources, NIH

With the selection of Dorit Zuk as the NIGMS deputy director, a search is open for an outstanding candidate to serve as director of our Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB).

GMCDB supports basic research in three broad areas, including the molecular basis of cellular function, the genetic and biochemical pathways utilized in development and physiological processes, and the mechanism and regulation of fundamental molecular processes. The Cell Biology, Developmental and Cellular Processes, and Genetic Mechanisms branches manage research programs in these areas. GMCDB-supported research lays the foundation for studies on human health and disease. 

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Wanted: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch Chief

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UPDATE: The position is now closed. Please visit our Job Vacancies page for more information.

We’re seeking a highly qualified branch chief for our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB). Applicants should have interest and experience in the scientific areas managed by the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Branch. Position responsibilities include: scientific and administrative planning, management, and evaluation; optimization of Branch procedures; and overseeing grant portfolio activities of the Branch program directors. The branch chief will also manage a research grant portfolio and will work closely with the Biophysics and Biomedical Technology Branch chiefs and the BBCB division director.

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