Category: Job Announcements

Wanted: NIGMS Program Director, Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch

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We’re recruiting an accomplished scientist for a position in the Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch of our Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. The Branch supports research studies in enzymology, bioenergetics, glycoscience, synthetic method development, biosynthesis, oxidative stress, and synthetic biology. 

Applicants should have broad expertise in biochemistry, familiarity with modern experimental methods, and experience in applying this knowledge to biological systems. Familiarity with NIH extramural funding as an applicant, reviewer, or NIH scientific administrator is a plus, and outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential. The job responsibilities involve working collaboratively with other staff to stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities for the portfolio of research awards.

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Wanted: Program Director, Biomedical Technology Branch

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We’re recruiting an accomplished scientist for a program officer position in the Biomedical Technology (BT) Branch of our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB). The successful applicant will be responsible for the scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research grants and will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities related to their field of expertise. 

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Wanted: Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences Program Directors

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We’re recruiting two accomplished scientists for program officer positions in the Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences. The successful applicants will be responsible for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research grants, and will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities related to their field of expertise.

The positions are in our Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch and Biophysics Branch.

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Wanted: NIGMS Clinical Research Strategy Coordinator

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We’re recruiting for an outstanding individual to serve as the NIGMS clinical research strategy coordinator. The incumbent will report to our deputy director and assume a broad sphere of responsibilities that include:

  • Advising on clinical research priorities with the NIGMS scope
  • Providing guidance on the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and optimization of NIGMS’ clinical research programs and initiatives as they affect a broad range of stakeholders, from the grantee community to the general public
  • Representing NIGMS in collaborations with closely aligned clinical research programs across the NIH, other federal agencies, and beyond, such as coordinating Institute-wide initiatives involving NIH and external partners
  • Participating in NIH-wide clinical research committees at a senior level
  • Working closely with NIGMS division directors to identify trans-divisional resources, potential synergies, and needs related to the support of clinical research
  • Performing program-specific responsibilities related to clinical research, including project scientist/coordinator roles for specific clinical studies
  • Serving as a knowledgeable resource for activities related to clinical research, such as biobanks, institutional review boards, and data safety and monitoring boards
  • Staying up to date with standards for ethical and business approaches and policies (e.g., informed consent, opt-outs, community consultation, commercialization) related to clinical research
  • Providing input and guidance for the Institute’s clinical research training programs that develop the next generation of clinical scientists
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Wanted: NIGMS Small Business Development Strategy Coordinator

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We’re recruiting for an outstanding individual to serve as the NIGMS small business development strategy coordinator. The incumbent will report to our deputy director and assume a broad range of responsibilities including:

  • Providing counsel and advice to NIGMS leadership on the planning, development, and implementation of our small business programs as they affect a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Serving as the Institute’s expert on matters related to new technology development by small biomedical businesses.
  • Serving as a liaison between NIGMS and the NIH Small Business Education and Entrepreneurial Development office, including coordinating the development of the NIGMS omnibus solicitation and cost cap waiver guidance topics.
  • Representing NIGMS in collaborations with closely aligned programs across NIH and federal agencies, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, to develop priorities and set goals for the NIGMS Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program. In particular, they will identify opportunities for synergies and strategic relationships with small business development programs across NIH and the federal government.
  • Serving as the central resource for NIGMS staff and extramural researchers for information on NIGMS small business development programs.
  • Developing, coordinating, and facilitating programs to provide training and mentoring for the biomedical small business community related to commercialization and entrepreneurship.
  • Facilitating interactions between the NIGMS-supported small business community and the private sector, as well as with external business development organizations.
  • Developing new small business-related initiatives appropriate for NIGMS, such as supporting commercialization of research in the NIGMS technology development and capacity building programs.
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Richard Aragon to Direct Division of Data Integration, Modeling, and Analytics

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Headshot of Dr. Richard Aragon.

I’m pleased to announce that Richard Aragon is the new director of the Institute’s Division of Data Integration, Modeling, and Analytics (DIMA). He has been acting director of DIMA since January 2020.

Richard has ably led NIGMS’ strategic planning and evaluation activities and has served as our Congressional liaison since joining us in 2014 as chief of what was then our Office of Program Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation. In this role, he has evolved and expanded our capabilities to include predictive analytics, budget and fiscal modeling, and the use of artificial intelligence to enhance business processes. As we prepare to the launch the NIGMS 2021-2025 Strategic Plan this spring, Richard’s extensive expertise in spearheading these activities makes him the ideal candidate to lead this critical component of the Institute.

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Wanted: NIGMS Deputy Director

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The search is underway for a critically important position on the NIGMS leadership team: our deputy director. The deputy director assists me in managing the Institute, advises on a range of topics, and handles special projects. This person also works closely with groups within and outside NIH and represents us on various federal and nonfederal scientific and professional committees.

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Wanted: NIGMS Program Directors for BBCB and PPBC

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UPDATE: These positions are now closed.

We’re recruiting two accomplished scientists for positions in our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB) and our Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry (PPBC). The successful applicants will be responsible for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research grants, 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 recruiting for an outstanding individual 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 that comprise the Biophysics Branch. Job responsibilities include scientific and administrative planning, managing, and evaluating activities of the Branch, along with supervising program directors with portfolios of funded research grants. The branch chief will also handle a portfolio of research grants consistent with their own scientific background.

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Dorothy Beckett to Direct BBCB Division

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I’m pleased to announce that Dorothy Beckett will join NIGMS on January 19 as the new director of our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB). Dorothy is a molecular biophysicist with extensive expertise in the field. She is a leader in the scientific community and a proponent of expanding opportunities for women and underrepresented groups in science.

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