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Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
GS-12/13/14 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)
Closing date
Jun 25, 2021

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The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) is recruiting for five positions. DAB is one of four scientific Divisions in the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Salary for each position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The DAB supports research in basic, applied, and translational research through grants and a robust program to provide biological resources for extramural investigators. The objective of DAB-funded research is to elucidate the basic biochemical, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying the process of aging and age-related changes in humans and in animal models of human aging. This includes investigations of alterations of structure and function that characterize aging and investigations of how these adverse changes become risk factors for, or accompany, age-related conditions and disease states. The Division provides resources needed to support aging research comprising aged rodent and NHP colonies, rodent and NHP cell and tissue banks as well as the Primate Aging database.

Information on the Division can be found at .

A formal application through the next NIH global announcement will be necessary (to be posted in USAJobs in May). For additional information about these positions, please contact Ms. Karleigh Price ( with a resume and letter of interest and details about the application process for a position at NIA/NIH. Contacts in DAB are listed below.

Branch Chief:

Aging Physiology Branch focuses on age-related changes affecting tissue and organ function. Research supported by this branch includes studies elucidating fundamental mechanisms underlying the altered function in tissues and organs that contribute the age-related pathologies observed in older adults.  Research is supported at molecular, cellular, and higher levels of organization including integration across tissues and organ systems, and encompasses research involving human participants as well as in laboratory animals and ex vivo and in vitro systems. The Aging Physiology Branch coordinates support for translational research.

Program Officer for Immunology.  The Program Officer is expected to develop a new portfolio for the Immunology Program in areas of science that include:

  • Molecular and cellular basis of impairment in host immune system responses in elderly that results in increased susceptibility and severity of infectious diseases, including effects of chronic inflammation on those responses.
  • Age-related changes in hematopoiesis and thymopoiesis and interventions to rejuvenate thymic function in aging.
  • Mechanisms required for induction and maintenance of protective immunity in the elderly in response to vaccinations.
  • Interrelationship between age-related changes in the gut microbiome and immunosenescence of the gut-associated mucosal immune system and systemic immune responses.
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