Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
NIH Clinical Center
Staff Scientist 1, Department of Laboratory Medicine
The National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center is a 200-bed hospital dedicated to clinical research in which all care is delivered within the context of more than 1,600 active clinical research protocols.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites candidates with a strong background in microbiome research, scientific leadership, and managerial credentials to apply for a Staff Scientist position to report directly to the Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine, NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD.
The human gut microbiome is complex and variation between individuals depends on genotype and environmental factors, such as diet. Dietary changes can induce significant changes in gut microbiota composition and specific diets have been associated with a reduction morbidity and mortality. Dietary interventions have been shown to increase microbial diversity and to prevent the onset of chronic non-communicable degenerative diseases. Furthermore, the complex interactions between the microbiome, bacterial metabolites, and host immunity are being uncovered. To better understand these correlations with dietary patterns, controlled intervention studies on the gut microbiota composition are needed. This position supports an IRB approved clinical trial that is a diet intervention and microbiome/metabolomic analysis.
The Clinical Center’s Microbiology Service provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and consultation services, supports the clinical research programs, and conducts research in the field of microbiology. The Service consists of six sections: Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Specimen Processing, Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, and Parasitology. The Microbiology service currently consists of 42 staff members including the Chief of Microbiology, four senior doctoral level microbiologists, and nine doctoral level scientists and post-doctoral fellows.
- Doctoral degree in biology, microbiology, genomics, immunology, molecular biology, or related discipline
- Prior research experience in microbiology, microbiome studies, nutrition, or related field
- Exceptional track record of relevant publications
- Ability to assist in writing, figure generation, and publication of manuscripts
- Ability to assist in management of technical and scientific operations of a microbiome research group to achieve project goals
- Ability to work with others and communicate effectively in a group, team-oriented working environment
- Ability to provide leadership and act as a role model and mentor where appropriate or when needed and to lead projects independently
This is a Title 42 federal appointment in the excepted service. This appointment offers federal benefits. A full benefits package includes retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.
The Department of Health and Human Services and NIH are equal opportunity employers committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, without discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. All applicants will be subject to a background investigation.
Salary will be commensurate with laboratory experience as well as scientific accomplishments.
A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available for this position. Interested applicants should send their federal resume/curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a one page statement of background and interests, and the names of three references with contact information by email to:
Karen M. Frank, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Chief, Department of Laboratory Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Building 10, Room 2C-306
10 Center Drive MSC 1508
Bethesda, MD 20892-1508
Ph: (301) 402-9559
Pager (301) 828-7383
Fax: (301) 435-8878
Applications will be received until selection is made.