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Staff Scientist - Symptoms Biology Unit
National Institutes of Health in ,
Date Posted 12/21/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Description:

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Intramural Research Program (IRP), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting a Staff Scientist in the Symptoms Biology Unit (SBU) in Bethesda, MD. The SBU in NINR has four major interests: 1) to understand the behavioral, social, and biological factors contributing to fatigue related to cancer and chronic illness; 2) to find behavioral, social, and biological targets for clinical investigations to reduce and/or eliminate fatigue related to cancer and chronic illness; 3) to examine specific social determinants of health influencing the chronic fatigue experiences in various populations; and 4) to design interventions eliminating systemic and structural inequities for patients with chronic fatigue to attain their full physical, psychological, cognitive, and social potentials.

The incumbent will have a major role in assisting the Laboratory Chief in leading the conduct of existing research studies, creating/strengthening interdisciplinary collaborations, supervising SBU staff/trainees, and executing the proposed strategic plan of SBU. Hence, excellent written and oral (English) communication skills are highly required, and familiarity with various statistical analyses programs is highly preferred.  The incumbent will supervise multiple projects, so mentoring experience is also required. The candidate must show strong interdisciplinary experience in the conduct of clinical and community-based research projects.


Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in nursing or public health, or a related field. A productive postdoctoral experience as evidenced by an extensive record of collaborative and primary authorship in peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized journals, is highly preferred. Experience in leading or implementing a clinical and/or community-based research study is required. Must also have extensive experience in addressing ethical issues related to clinical and community-based research studies. Database management experience will be considered a plus. Knowledge and familiarity of widely used statistical approaches are expected. Experience in working in an interdisciplinary team and a strong background in mentoring a diverse group of staff/students are critically required.  Experience in building collaborations across NIH and the outside community is needed for this position.

Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the Unit. Although this Staff Scientist will be supervised by the Laboratory Chief, they will be interacting with the scientists from the IRP and scientific community at large. The successful candidate will have experience in collaborative research documented in publications and provide examples of leading/implementing a clinical and/or community-based research studies during the interview.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to:

Alexander Ross

, Senior Research Nurse Specialist; Office of the Clinical Director; Vacancy #


; National Institute of Nursing Research, Building 10, Room 2A19, Bethesda, MD 20892 or email:



Applications must reference the Vacancy # NINR-IRP-xx-xx.

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