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NIH Intramural Research and Job Openings - April 2018

Created: April 12, 2018

Tenure-Track Clinical Investigator
Intramural Research Program, NIDA
Review of applications begins: ~ April 15

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a tenure-track clinical investigator to direct an innovative research program within its Intramural Research Program (IRP). The goal of this search is to identify a candidate who will enhance this collaborative environment through the development of a novel and cutting-edge clinical research program.

They are seeking a candidate who is committed to scientific excellence, and understands the intellectual benefits of collaborative research to enhance and increase emerging areas of clinical research opportunity. Applicants must hold an MD and/or PhD or equivalent degree(s). Criteria for selection include experience conducting clinical and translational research in the area of addiction and related disorders – preferably as they intersect with prescription opioid use and opioid use disorders and/or with research on multidisciplinary aspects of HIV – as well as experience with novel research approaches to addictive disorders, and a promising publication record.

The selected candidate will receive independent resources from NIDA for funding start-up costs and on-going program operations, and will be responsible for managing these resources (budget, human resources, and space). NIDA will provide clinical, laboratory and office space adequate to establish an outstanding clinical research program at the Biomedical Research Center, located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus located in Baltimore, Maryland. The broader NIH campus and the NIDA’s IRP in Baltimore provide a rich and highly interactive translational neuroscience environment. Full federal benefits are included. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment authorization visa. Interested candidates must submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a two-page summary of research interests, and the names and contact information (work/email addresses, phone) of three references (via pdf or Microsoft word format only – paper applications will not be accepted) to: Joshua Kysiak, Program Specialist, NIDA at kysiakjo@mail.nih.gov.

Review of applications will begin in mid-April 2018, an continue until the position is filled. For additional information, you may contact: Karran Phillips, MD, Clinical Director, NIDA, phillipsk@nida.nih.gov. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities and individuals with disabilities. The HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.


Staff Scientist
Communications Engineering Branch, NLM
Deadline: April 23

The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHC), an Intramural Research Program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recruiting a Staff Scientist within the Communications Engineering Branch (CEB), in Bethesda, MD. This recruitment is part of consolidating, maintaining its leading role and securing the future of Natural Language Processing (NLP) research at LHC. The position includes an attractive set-up package, including access to comprehensive NLM core facilities, such as DGX-1 and many-node high-performance clusters optimized for deep learning. The position also provides access to the unique and extensive resources of the NIH.

NLP is an area of artificial intelligence that has seen significant growth in recent years. It is currently seen as central to further development of machine learning and industry application problems that involve human computer interaction. The importance of automated understanding of scientific literature, clinical text, and health-related social media communications is also growing, mirroring the explosion of publications in these media and the need to find and connect nuggets of information relevant to specific health-related, clinical and biomedical research issues.

LHC is well known as a leader in the research and development of NLP algorithms in areas ranging from biomedical literature processing to clinical text and consumer language processing. The creation of the position is necessary to support ongoing efforts, secure LHC’s future leading role in this area, and address the development of new fundamental approaches to automated understanding of scientific literature, clinical text, and consumers’ communications. NLP research is central to supporting the NLM mission of advancing medical and related sciences through the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information: most of this information exists in narrative form and NLP methods are needed to translate this information to machine-readable form, so that it can be efficiently discovered and accessed by the research community, the public, patients, and families.

Eligible candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D. (or M.D./Ph.D.) or equivalent doctoral degree in the biomedical computational sciences. The staff scientist in this position should be an outstanding scientist, with at least five years of significant experience, with high-quality scientific contributions to biomedical natural language processing, information retrieval and machine learning, a proven record of independent research, mentorship abilities and international recognition in biomedical and clinical NLP research. The research directions supported by the staff scientist in this position include advancing algorithms for: 1) extraction of information from text; 2) improving abstractive summarization of text for better discoverability, such as automated indexing of biomedical literature; and 3) research on automatically answering clinical and consumer health questions.

Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments, and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Additional information regarding the LHC and NLM is available here. To apply, please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interest and three letters of recommendation to: Celina Wood by e-mail (woodc@mail.nlm.nih.gov) or regular mail: Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications; Attention: Celina Wood, AO, LHNCBC; Building 38A – Room 7N707 – MSC 3828; 8600 Rockville Pike; Bethesda, MD 20894.


Applications must be received on or before April 23, 2018 for consideration. The HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.


Tenure-Track Investigator
Immunology and Neuroscience, NEI
Review of applications begins: May 27

The National Eye Institute (NEI) invites applications for a tenure-track investigator position in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH IRP is home to a large, strong and highly collaborative group of immunology and neuroscience investigators. Applications will be considered from outstanding individuals working in all areas of immunology and inflammation that complement current programs and that are pertinent to eye and nervous system function and disease pathobiology.

Investigators with an interest in the areas of innate immunity and neural/immune interactions are especially encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will join a vibrant community of immunologists at NIH and especially benefit from growing interactions between NEI and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) investigators. Applicants interested in areas of overlap such as basic biology of immune/nervous system interaction, immune involvement in diseases of the visual system, or in the intersection of inflammatory disorders that affect vision and the rest of the brain are also encouraged to apply. Joint appointments are available for candidates whose interests overlap with NEI and NINDS.

Candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree, an impressive record of publications, and the potential to develop a dynamic, innovative, and independent basic or translational research program. The position will be supported with long-term, stable resources equivalent to that provided to tenure-track faculty in an academic department, including positions for postdoctoral fellows and a budget for consumables and equipment and if applicable, access to the NIH Clinical Center for patient-based research. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. This position is not restricted to U.S. citizens. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct.

Interested applicants must submit: (1) a curriculum vitae, which should include a list of publications, and mentoring and leadership activities; (2) a two-page proposal titled Research Goals, i.e., the research you hope to perform at the NIH; (3) a one-page statement titled Long-term Research Vision and Impact, i.e., what you hope to achieve for yourself, your field, and society; and (4) contact information for three professional references. Send these items as a single PDF document with elements in the order listed to NEI_Search_2018@nih.gov. Applications will be reviewed starting May 27, 2018, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. NIH is an equal opportunity employer.


Tenure-Track Investigator
Thoracic and GI Oncology Branch, NCI
Review of applications begins: June 1

The Thoracic and GI Oncology Branch (TGIB) at the Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland is recruiting a Tenure Track Investigator to join the Intramural Research Program’s mission of high impact, high reward science. This position, which is supported with stable financial resources, is the equivalent of Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in an academic department. The TGIB is looking for a candidate who will complement our current group of principal investigators focused on thoracic and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. The candidate is expected to develop a translational research program focused on GI cancers. As such, the candidate will conduct both laboratory based investigations, as well as develop a clinical program related to work being conducted in his or her laboratory. They encourage outstanding physician scientists investigating any area of GI research to apply. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, hepatobiliary and colon rectal cancer, and development of novel therapeutics. Candidates may be eligible to join the NCI-Liver Cancer Program. Candidates should hold a M.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree, be board eligible/certified in medical oncology, and possess a medical license to practice in the United States. The candidate should have a substantive record of publications, and the potential to develop an outstanding independent program in translational GI medical oncology research.

About NCI's Center for Cancer Research: The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is an intramural research component of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The CCR’s enabling infrastructure facilitates clinical studies at the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest dedicated clinical research complex; provides extensive opportunities for collaboration; and allows scientists and clinicians to undertake high-impact laboratory and clinic-based investigations. Investigators are supported by a wide array of intellectual, technological, and research resources. This includes animal facilities and dedicated, high quality technology cores in areas such as: imaging/microscopy, including cryo-electron microscopy; chemistry/purification, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, SAXS, genomics/DNA sequencing, transgenics and knock out mice, arrays/molecular profiling, and human genetics/bioinformatics. For an overview of CCR, please visit their website.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A full benefits package is available, including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, annual and sick leave, and Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). This position is not restricted to U.S. citizens.

Interested candidates should submit the following materials to this page

  • The names and contact information of three references
  • A current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography
  • A two-page summary of research interests, goals, and future plans

Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment authorization visa. Review of applications will begin on or about June 1, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This position is subject to a background investigation. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. HHS, NIH, and NCI are equal opportunity employers.


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