NIEHS is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated scientist to serve as Chief of the Systems Toxicology Branch (STB) in the Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP) at NIEHS. The mission of the DNTP is to evaluate environmental substances of public health concern by developing and applying tools of modern toxicology and molecular biology. The DNTP provides critical data for regulatory and non-regulatory stakeholder decision making to protect human health using rodent studies, alternative in vivo model systems, in vitro high-throughput screens and/or computational approaches to gauge the potential of thousands of substances to perturb biological targets and pathways.
The scientific goals of the DNTP are achieved through a distinct and highly cooperative and integrated team science operational model whereby scientific staff across multiple branches in the DNTP assemble into interdisciplinary project teams and utilize centrally-managed shared resources, in contrast to the traditional NIH principal investigator-led research group model. The majority of research is carried out through use of external research and development contracts together with a limited amount of onsite intramural laboratory research capability. The governance of projects that use DNTP resources are centrally approved by management.
The Systems Toxicology Branch Chief oversees all the major functions of the DNTP organizational unit principally responsible for design, oversight, interpretation and reporting of traditional toxicology and carcinogenesis studies. The STB Chief is responsible for continuous improvement and innovation in how the capabilities of the STB are applied to contemporary and human-relevant public health challenges.
The STB Chief also leads and otherwise contributes to DNTP multidisciplinary teams conceiving, developing, designing, interpreting, and reporting toxicology, carcinogenicity and other applied and basic science research activities. These activities are highly diverse including in vitro and in vivo evaluations of the potential health impact of consumer products, medicinal herbs, pharmaceuticals, and occupational chemical exposures, biological contaminants and novel substances such as nanoscale materials. In DNTP multidisciplinary teams, the senior leaders partner with toxicologists, chemists, pathologists, specialists in metabolism and kinetics, as well as experts in genetic toxicity, in vitro screening and molecular modeling to design research programs tailored to the issues presented by individual substances under study.
The STB Chief will contribute to leadership of the DNTP by partnering with the Scientific Director and other Branch and Office leadership to provide strategic direction, manage fiscal and workforce resources and to ensure deliberate and timely advancement of the scientific portfolio. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to strategic planning, leadership and workforce development. Our preference would be for the branch chief to reside in the Research Triangle Park to be available for personally engaging and mentoring staff and for building relationships with the DNTP leadership and others in the DNTP/NIEHS, with the option to telework as needed.
The successful applicant will be an innovative thinker, possess a strong foundational scientific knowledge in an area of toxicology, and demonstrate a working knowledge of carcinogenesis, genomics, molecular biology, molecular genetics, cellular biology, systems biology, pathology, and statistics. The applicant should be recognized for his/her scientific expertise within the national and international scientific community. The applicant will have demonstrated a commitment to applied and translational research with unique insights into how to build trust in decision-making stakeholders. The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience leading diverse scientific research programs, including multi-institutional programs, and participation in national and international consortia.
The ideal candidate will have a research-based professional degree (Ph.D., M.D., Pharm.D., or D.V.M.) in the life sciences, with extensive experience in in vivo toxicology and carcinogenesis studies carried out according to national and international guidelines. The successful candidate must demonstrate the strategic and visionary leadership for identifying and matching new scientific technologies with the needs of the DNTP, while also understanding the limitations of data generated through these approaches for public health decision-making.
Salary/benefits: This is a federal full-time equivalent position, and a comprehensive benefits package is available. Salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications and accomplishments. This position is restricted to U.S. citizens.
How to apply: Interested candidates must apply by responding to the Supervisory Toxicologist (Branch Chief Systems Toxicology Branch) announcement # NIH-NIEHS-DE-21-11008530 posted on the USAJobs website (https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/594314400). There will be a 10-day window to apply for the position: March 30, 2021 through April 8, 2021. Applicants should submit the following: cover letter highlighting key qualifications; current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography; and names and addresses of three references. Please include in your CV a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. For questions or additional information on this recruitment, please contact Dr. Robert Sills at email@example.com.
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