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Staff Scientist 1 - Cryo-Electron Tomography

The Section on Structural Cell Biology (SSCB) in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks a Staff Scientist. The SSCB utilizes advanced microscopy methods and cellular biology approaches to elucidate the molecular and structural basis of mechanisms underlying normal and disordered hearing and balance. The NIDCD intramural program comprises a highly interactive and dynamic group of scientists at the forefront of research on communication disorders.

The SSCB Staff Scientist serves as a laboratory leader who contributes to training and mentoring of laboratory members. The position requires outstanding interpersonal skills, teamwork, and excellent oral and written communication abilities. The SSCB Staff Scientist will have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral research experience, and an outstanding publication record. Requisite expertise includes cellular biology and cryo-electron tomography.

This position is classified as a Staff Scientist | NIH Office of Intramural Research within the federal government. A Staff Scientist is an 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 skills and knowledge essential to the work of the laboratory.

The NIDCD Division of Intramural Research is located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The SSCB and the NIDCD’s basic science laboratories and state-of-the-art core facilities are housed in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center, one of the largest neuroscience research buildings in the world. Our clinical and translational research programs are located at the NIH Clinical Center. All NIDCD researchers have extraordinary opportunities to leverage the extensive resources and expertise across NIH’s Intramural Research Program to perform interdisciplinary and collaborative research from bench to bedside.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Training and expertise in cellular biology.
  • Training in structural cell biology and advanced microscopy imaging.
  • Expertise in sample preparation for cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography.
  • Expertise in image collection, processing, and computational analysis.
  • Interest in conducting high-quality research on the structure of actin-based sensory stereocilia and the molecular complexes associated with their mechanotransduction.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff training and mentoring, and outstanding communication and time management skills.
  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent; have completed formal mentored postdoctoral training in either molecular biology, cellular biology, or biophysics; and have a strong publication record.

The successful candidate will serve in a non-competitive appointment in the excepted service. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with or eligible to obtain a valid employment-authorized visa. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A full benefits package is available, including a retirement plan; health insurance, life insurance, and long-term care insurance; annual and sick leave; and Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).

To Apply

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae with bibliography, statement of interest, and names and contact information for three references to Bechara Kachar, M.D. (

Applications will be reviewed starting August 1, 2022, and accepted until the position is filled. HHS, NIH, and NIDCD are Equal Opportunity Employers.

This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Learn more about credential evaluation for applicants who completed some or all of their education outside of the U.S.

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