Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
GS-12/13/14 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)
April 26 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.

The Program officer is expected to enrich an existing portfolio in areas of aging biology that include:

  • molecular basis for changes in cellular composition, interactions and extracellular structures underlying decline of function with age.
  • Role of stem cells in cardiac and vascular maintenance and renewal
  • Drivers of aging processes in lung leading to impairment of lung function and development of pulmonary conditions in aged populations.
  • Hallmarks of aging linked to the development of late-life diseases of the heart and lungs.

    The Program officer is expected to enrich an existing portfolio in areas of aging biology that include changes in microbiome with age linked to:

  • Defining factors influencing changes in microbiome composition and functional characteristics during aging
  • Interactions between aging microbiome and development and exacerbation of age-related chronic diseases.
  • Role of alterations in production and composition of microbiome metabolites during aging in the initiation and progression of age-related diseases and conditions such as fibrosis, osteoarthritis and sarcopenia among others.
  • Development and testing of targeted interventions through diet, exercise, or drugs to modulate microbiome composition and metabolite production.

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