Baltimore, MD


National Institute of Health, National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program

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 1 in the Health Disparities Research Section (HDRS) of the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Sciences in Baltimore, MD.

The overall research goal of the HDRS is:

  • to conduct interdisciplinary research focused on examining health disparities among minorities and the poor
  • to investigate the underlying behavioral and biological factors that drive the development of health disparities

Our study, Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) provides a cohort for these bio-behavioral investigations.

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Have a PhD degree in neuropsychology, psychology, social epidemiology, or similar fields
  • Expertise in behavioral science with specialized experience in cognition, socio-demographic factors associated with cognitive functioning within the context of aging and health disparities
  • Relevant research experience and peer-reviewed publications in the topic of cognition, behavior, social determinates of health and aging are a plus
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in multivariable and longitudinal statistical approaches to epidemiologic data, and fluency with programs for analyzing data such as R
  • Written and oral (English) communication skills are also required

The incumbent will:

  • Assist in translational studies that examine biologic transduction pathways through which social determinates of health result in impaired cognitive function, health, and well-being
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in project management, manuscript preparation, experimental design, training of junior fellows, providing technical assistance, and maintaining research continuity within HDRS
  • Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to support the work of the Laboratory and the Principal Investigator


  •  A full Civil Service package of benefits, including
    • retirement
    • health
    • life and long-term care insurance
    • Thrift Savings Plan participation
    • and more

All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct.

Additional information regarding the NIA IRP is available at the following website: www.irp.nia.nih.gov.

To apply, please send the following:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • bibliography
  • statement of research interests
  • three (3) letters of recommendation

Email the completed info to: niairpjobs@mail.nih.gov

Or mail to:

Angela Prazak | Office of the Scientific Director

Vacancy #NIA-IRP-19-13

National Institute on Aging, Biomedical Research Center

251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 04C230

Baltimore, MD 21224

Applications, including letters of recommendation, must reference the vacancy number above. The second round of reviews is expected to occur on or about December 23, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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