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Staff Scientist Animal Facility Head

NIH/NIAAA (Natl Inst on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism)
Rockville, Maryland
Salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments.
Closing date
Oct 13, 2023

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Life Sciences, Veterinary Medicine
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Staff Scientist

Animal Facility Head



With nation-wide responsibility for improving the health and well-being of all Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) oversees the biomedical research programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and those of NIH's research Institutes.


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a major research component of the NIH and DHHS, is recruiting an outstanding experienced scientist to serve as Chief, Office of Laboratory Animal Science (OLAS). The Chief of OLAS is responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal laws, regulations, and standards within NIAAA's animal care and use program and facilities. The Chief has the authority to ensure the provision of adequate veterinary care and oversees the adequacy of other aspects of animal care and use for all animals acquired and maintained by NIAAA. The Chief manages the animal care and use program of the NIAAA including: 1) supervising the overall program of laboratory animal housing, care, and management to ensure compliance and managing a preventive medicine program for disease control; 2) advising the research staff on all aspects of the use of animals in experiments, including experimental design, surgical and pre- and post-operative care, and experimental techniques; 3) reviewing animal study proposals, conducting semi-annual inspections of facilities, compiling required reports, and maintaining files of animal usage; 4) overseeing all animal acquisition; 5) participating on NIH committees pertaining to animal care and use; and 6) facilitating NIAAA compliance with the Division of Safety's animal exposure program.


The successful candidate must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education. Additionally, the incumbent must possess a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination or its predecessors, the National Board Examination and the Clinical Competency Test. The candidate must have training and experience with laboratory animal science and medicine. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and a full Federal package of benefits is available.


All applications should include the following: a current curriculum vitae and bibliography; a one-page synopsis of professional accomplishments, and the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of five professional references. Application materials should be sent to arrive no later than October 13, 2023. Applications as well as any questions about the position or the application process should be sent to Richard Doucette via email at


HHS, NIH, and NIAAA are Equal Opportunity Employers. Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. The NIAAA is a smoke-free environment.




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