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Biologist, Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health seeks applications from qualified candidates with expertise in assay development and translational research to fill a biologist position within the NCATS Chemical Genomics Center at our Rockville, Maryland, location. NCATS establishes collaborations with disease experts across the world and uses state-of-the-art high-throughput screening (HTS), bioinformatics, computational chemistry and medicinal chemistry methods to discover and develop small molecule probes for the therapeutic validation of biological targets and drug development.

The selected biologist will use cutting-edge cell biology and bioassay technologies to develop disease-relevant assays for screening. He or she will be involved in all aspects of the implementation of small molecule screening programs, including assay design, assay development and optimization, HTS, data analysis, and follow-up studies in support of structure-activity relationship medicinal chemistry and mechanism-of-action studies related to the development of new pharmacological probes.

The ideal candidate will become part of a multidisciplinary team and should be able to multitask and work independently in a highly creative and fast-paced environment. Previous experience developing assays for screening, cell imaging, and stem cell and primary cell culture is highly desirable. The incumbent will keep accurate and complete records of all scientific experiments according to established procedures and ensure that these records and raw data are properly retained. He or she will draft technical reports and manuscripts, presenting work internally and to external collaborators as needed.

Each applicant must possess a master’s degree in cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology or a related relevant discipline, with more than five years of experience conducting research in an academic or industrial environment. Candidates with a Ph.D. and three to five years of postgraduate experience will also be considered. Experience developing cell-based assays for screening, using HTS detection technologies, developing fluorescence-based cellular microscopy and disease-relevant assays, and culturing stem or primary cells is highly desirable. Additional qualifications of special interest include cell signaling in diseases, cell stress, exosome biology, oncology and neuroscience. The candidate should be an independent thinker, self-motivated and driven, a thorough and careful experimentalist, a team player, and able to multitask and work in a very interactive environment. Effective communication and presentation skills are required. The incumbent must be able to work in the United States for any employer.

Please submit your résumé to NCATSThymineNCGC@nih.gov by April 30, 2017. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.


Postdoctoral Biologist, Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation

NCATS seeks applications from qualified candidates with expertise in tissue engineering and 3-D cultures to fill a postdoctoral biologist position within the Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation at our Rockville, Maryland, location. NCATS establishes collaborations with disease experts across the world and uses state-of-the-art assay and screening technologies to discover and develop small molecule probes for the therapeutic validation of biological targets and drug development.

The selected biologist will join a group of engineers and scientists to use cutting-edge bioprinting, cell-imaging and tissue-engineering technologies for the development of disease-relevant assays for drug development. The ideal candidate will become part of a multidisciplinary team and should be able to multitask and work independently in a highly creative and fast-paced environment. NCATS is looking for a scientist with experience in skin disease physiology and pathology to help establish a portfolio of 3-D bioprinted skin disease models for drug discovery. Previous experience in tissue engineering, histology, cell imaging, and stem cell and primary cell culture is highly desirable. The incumbent will keep accurate and complete records of all scientific experiments, according to established procedures, and ensure that these records and raw data are properly retained. He or she will draft technical reports and manuscripts, presenting work internally and to external collaborators as needed.

Each applicant must possess a Ph.D. in cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, pathology or a related relevant discipline. Experience in the biology and pathology of skin and diseases of the skin is required. Experience in tissue engineering, bioprinting, histology, cellular microscopy and culture of stem or primary cells is highly desirable. The candidate should be an independent thinker, self-motivated and driven, a thorough and careful experimentalist, a team player, and able to multitask and work in a very interactive environment. Effective communication and presentation skills are required. The incumbent needs to be able to work in the United States for any employer.

Please submit your resume to NCATSbioprinting@mail.nih.gov by April 30, 2017. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Zellwegger Spectrum Disorders, Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation

NCATS seeks applications from qualified candidates with interest in the Zellweger spectrum of peroxisome biogenesis disorders (PBD-ZSD), a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders caused by mutations in PEX genes that are responsible for normal peroxisome assembly and functions, under the mentorship of Dr. Jim Inglese. The mission of the fellowship is to identify promising treatments that restore or functionally compensate for peroxisome dysfunction in individuals with PBD-ZSD. Candidates with a strong background in cell biology and biochemistry with proficiency in mammalian cell culture systems represented in their prior publications is required. Additionally, candidates should have a technical appreciation of laboratory automation, and have prior experience with large datasets. Experience with leukodystrophies and cell biology is a plus.

The post-doctoral fellow candidate will be responsible for leading a highly-collaborative, translational campaign that will focus on small-molecule screening of PBD-ZSD targets.The fellow will join the Assay Development and Screening Technology (ADST) Laboratory within the Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation, which has world-renowned capabilities in assay development, ultra-high-throughput screening, and chemistry, and discovers chemical probes of protein and cell functions. Successful candidates must be able to integrate multiple NIH resources (including iPSC generation and differentiation, genome editing, functional genomics, and clinical proteomics) to develop and interrogate physiological relevant assays.

Each applicant must possess a Ph.D. or be completing a Ph.D. program in bioengineering, pharmacology, cell biology or another relevant discipline. Ideally, candidates will be team players with high scientific standards and be able to work in an interactive, fast-paced environment.

Interested individuals should send send their CV including bibliography, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: NCATS_ADSTpostdocs@mail.nih.gov. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. View the full vacancy announcement. This postdoctoral fellowship is being funded by the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD) and the Wynne Mateffy Research Foundation.


Stem Cell Scientist and Postdoctoral Positions, Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation

NCATS seeks applications from qualified candidates with expertise in the biology of human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to join the Center’s newly established stem cell program. Candidates with a strong background in cell, molecular and systems biology also are encouraged to apply.

The selected candidates will join a multidisciplinary team of innovative scientists with expertise in assay development, high-throughput and -content screening, compound management, automation engineering, bioinformatics, medicinal chemistry, and various “-omics” technologies. They will work in a highly creative environment, focusing on important aspects of human pluripotency and cellular differentiation using cutting-edge technologies (e.g., single-cell analysis, deep sequencing, automated cell culture, high-throughput electrophysiology). The selected candidates also will establish new standards, quality controls, improved differentiation protocols and other resources for the iPSC field. They will be responsible for conducting research and advancing specific programs in coordination with the stem cell team leader.

The ideal candidates will be expected to work independently as well-trained problem-solvers in pluripotent stem cell biology and iPSC technology. They will keep accurate and complete records of all scientific experiments according to established procedures and ensure that these records and raw data are properly retained. They also will draft technical reports, manuscripts and patent applications and present work internally and externally to consultants and collaborators as needed.

Each applicant must possess an advanced degree (M.D. and/or Ph.D.) in a relevant field. Exceptional candidates with master’s degrees and strong background in stem cell biology will be considered. Candidates with experience in drug discovery, cell and tissue engineering, cell signaling, or quantitative biology are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidates should be team players with high scientific standards and have the ability to work in an interactive, fast-paced environment. They must be self-motivated to learn new technologies and be familiar with the methods and concepts of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae with bibliography and the contact information of at least three references to NCATSstemcellhiring@mail.nih.gov.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Last updated: 04-12-2017
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