Staff Scientist Position

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
Salary commensurate with experience.
April 16 2021
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Full Time
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Staff Scientist

Staff Scientist Position at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Position Description: The Laboratory of Systems Genetics of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health invites applications for a Staff Scientist position. The Laboratory of Systems Genetics at NHLBI was established under the Earl Stadtman Investigator program, designed to facilitate high-risk, high-impact research. The research of the group and its members is supported by the collaborative and interdisciplinary NIH intramural program and state-of-the-art high-performance computing, high-throughput sequencing, proteomics, bioinformatics, and other core facilities.

The laboratory uses systems genetics approaches to study genetic variation in sleep and circadian rhythms in natural populations of Drosophila. The lab is currently pursuing several projects designed to uncover the relationship between molecular polymorphisms, transcripts, and sleep phenotypes in order to understand the interaction of gene networks with environmental changes affecting sleep/circadian rhythms, and to identify gene networks for these behaviors that are conserved across species.  These efforts require proficiency in quantitative and statistical genetics.  We seek a highly motivated individual with expertise in genetics, genomics, or statistical genetics who is interested in Drosophila sleep and circadian behavior.

Interested candidates must hold a Ph.D. in genetics, genomics, statistical genetics, biostatistics, or the equivalent with at least 5 years of postdoctoral experience. A good track record of productivity judged by peer reviewed publications is recommended. An established ability to conduct or support research in systems or quantitative genetics is required, as evidenced by published articles in peer-reviewed journals.  Excellent communication skills and fluency in both written and spoken English are essential. Specialized requirements include significant experience in large-scale genomic/transcriptomic data analysis and expertise in the application of statistical techniques to large genotype and phenotype data sets as evidenced by citable publications.  Additionally, knowledge of the sleep/circadian field, lab experience using high-throughput DNA/RNA extraction techniques and sequencing, and experience with bioinformatics analysis of sequence data are desirable.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct innovative and independent research, including methodological research. He/she will take an active role in supporting other members of the Systems Biology Center and will participate in a cooperative effort to accomplish program, division, and Institute goals.

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Appointees must be US citizens, resident aliens, or nonresident aliens with a valid employment visa.

Applicants should submit a single .pdf document that includes a cover letter highlighting key qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, three reference letters, and a list of three publications that provide evidence of relevant skills along with corresponding PDF copies of these publications to:

Susan Harbison at:

Lab URL:

Employer Name: Dr. Susan T. Harbison, Principle Investigator, Laboratory of Systems Genetics, Genetics and Developmental Biology Center, Division of Intramural Research, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute

Application Deadline Date:  This advertisement will remain open until the position is filled.

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The NHLBI/NIH is a smoke free workplace. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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