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Staff Scientist in Genetics/Functional Genomics/Epigenetics

National Institutes of Health -- National Eye Institute -- NNRL
Bethesda, Maryland (US)
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience and accomplishments.
Closing date
Mar 19, 2024

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Life Sciences, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Epigenetics
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type

A Staff Scientist 1 position is available in the Retinal Development, Genetics and Therapy Section within the Neurobiology, Neurodegeneration, & Repair Laboratory (NNRL) under the supervision of Dr. Anand Swaroop. A major goal of Swaroop laboratory is to elucidate gene regulation in the retina during development, evolution, aging, and neurodegeneration. We are also focusing on how genetic variants contribute to healthy and disease phenotypes of the retina by integrating diverse ‘omics’ approaches, with a goal to design novel network/pathway-based therapy paradigms. The staff Scientist will have flexibility to participate in mechanistic studies on transcriptional and post-transcription regulation, RNA biology, and/or cell signaling as well as mentor junior scientists in the laboratory.


The individual selected for this position will have a strong record of innovative studies and accomplishments in functional genomics, developmental neurobiology, cell and/or molecular biology. Together with the PI, the Staff Scientist would be expected to steer the long-term research direction of the laboratory in relevant focus areas. Prior experience in vision research is not required.


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A Staff Scientist is a NIH employee generally appointed to a time-limited, renewable position to support the long-term research of a Principal Investigator. Staff Scientists often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the laboratory, although they do not receive independent resources. Staff Scientists should be capable of independently designing experiments, but do not have responsibilities for initiating new research programs. The Staff Scientist in this position would be involved in mentoring and guiding laboratory trainees and staff. NEI has a robust Intramural Research Program that is actively involved in fundamental and translational studies of the visual system.


QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in any relevant field of Biology with at least 3 years of post-PhD experience and a strong track record of research with peer-reviewed high impact publications. Experience in gene regulation, epigenome, chromatin and/or RNA biology will be beneficial. Command of both spoken and written English is imperative. The applicant should have experience in supervising trainees in laboratory research and must have a track record indicative of innovative thinking.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


TO APPLY: Email a single pdf document to Ms. Lucia Lawrence ( including a Curriculum Vitae with bibliography, 1-2 page statement of research interests, and your philosophy of a successful research operation, and contact information of three references. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities. Salary is commensurate with experience and proven accomplishments.


SALARY/BENEFITS: The successful candidate will be offered salary and benefits commensurate with experience and accomplishments. The appointment would be through the Title 42 mechanism -


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