The National Institute on Aging (NIA), 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 for a Staff Scientist in the Interdisciplinary Studies of Aging Section of the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Sciences (LEPS). The Interdisciplinary Studies of Aging Section in the LEPS focuses on energy balance in terms of body composition and activity in older persons. The Section has established the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study and the Age, Gene/Environment-Reykjavik Study and is now focused on change in activity following life transitions. This program of research involves extensive collaboration with intramural and extramural researchers and several international academic institutions. This Staff Scientist will have extensive training in exercise science, physical activity, or kinesiology and have experience relating this training to chronic disease epidemiology.
Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the branch. The incumbent will be required to organize and direct new studies as well as organize and analyze data from other studies. Experience in standard methods of analysis of raw accelerometry signal data and novel methods including machine learning, pattern analysis, and identification of features from the monitoring is required. The incumbent will be expected to advise pre- and post-doctoral fellows and also assist in training clinical and research staff within the lab and from multiple laboratories on issues related to the utilization of monitors and assessment of physical activity. In addition, the applicant will be required to work closely with collaborators both within and outside of the IRP, and establish new efforts and collaborations to improve the research portfolio of LEPS. Although this Staff Scientist will be supervised by the Section Chief, he/she will be interacting with the scientists from the NIA/IRP at large. The successful candidate will have experience in collaborative research documented in publications and more generally will have a history of publications that reflect experience in the analytical requirements of this position.
The successful individual must have a Ph.D., or M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree. Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Upon hire, and on an annual basis thereafter, the incumbent of this position may be required to file a public or confidential financial disclosure report. The incumbent may be prohibited from holding certain financial interests. Additional information regarding the NIA IRP is available at the following website: www.irp.nia.nih.gov. A background in measurement of physical activity is preferable and should include both past and contemporary methods for data collection, including self-report, accelerometers, and sensor-based technology.
Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Laci Sasser, Administrative Officer; Administration Office; Vacancy # IRP-16-02; National Institute on Aging, Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 04C026, Baltimore, MD 21224 or email: email@example.com. Applications must be received on or before December 31, 2015 for consideration.