NIMHD is Hiring a Scientific Director to Lead Division of Intramural Research

Review begins July 1, 2016

NIMHD is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader for the position of Scientific Director of its Division of Intramural Research (DIR). The mission of NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health, reduce health disparities and promote health equity.

NIMHD DIR will focus on population health with an emphasis on social, behavioral, and clinical research while taking advantage of the robust basic science environment at NIH. The ultimate goal of the intramural research program is to address a wide array of health problems that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic groups as well as other health disparity populations. More specifically, NIMHD seeks to define how the intersection of biological, social, behavioral and environmental health determinants leads to disparities in clinical outcomes and provides insights to better targeted interventions that will reduce health disparities and improve the quality and length of life for all populations.

Qualifications: Applicants must have earned a M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree and exhibit exceptional leadership ability in managing research programs focused on minority health and health disparities. The successful candidate will possess the training and experience to lead a multidisciplinary team in the development of scientific discovery and innovation in our understanding of diseases that disproportionately affect the health of racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and rural populations.

Outstanding opportunity for URM professors: 2017 HHMI Professors competition

This program aims to empower science faculty members to apply the creativity and experimental rigor that make them accomplished research scientists to address compelling challenges in science education. This is a small program, highly focused on ~100 universities with the hope that the professors can significantly affect the culture at research universities in the United States and create a community of advocates who can influence others in their discipline to advance science education nationally.

I’ve included an overview of the program and our rationale for its focus below, and have attached both the solicitation and guidelines for applicants.

· Affiliated with an institution classified as a Doctoral University, Highest Research Activity (R1) according to the 2015 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

· Tenured faculty member of a baccalaureate degree-granting natural sciences department (biological/ life sciences, chemistry/biochemistry, physics, earth/ geosciences, astronomy)

· Full-time faculty appointment in current home department for at least three consecutive years

· Assigned role in the development or implementation of undergraduate curriculum in home department as part of faculty appointment

· Principal investigator on one or more active, national peer-reviewed research award of at least three years duration

· All criteria must be met by September 1, 2017

We are often asked if science education scholars are eligible in this program, and while we recognize the importance of the scholarship of science education, the HHMI Professors Program is focused on laboratory/field research scientists as a mechanism to impact the culture among scientists at research-intensive universities and develop models for how scientists can engage in undergraduate education. More information about the HHMI Professors Program and the competition announcement is posted on the HHMI website:

In the current competition, interested faculty may submit their application directly, with no restriction on the number of applicants from a given university. We anticipate appointing up to 15 new professors, each receiving a five-year, non-renewable grant totaling $1 million to develop and implement science education activities at their home institution. In addition to individual awards, we have added the opportunity for two eligible faculty members at the same university to apply for a collaborative grant totaling $1.5 million over five years.

The deadline for submitting an Intent to Apply is July 1, 2016, and the deadline for submitting applications is October 6, 2016.

Please contact us with your questions or comments at

Senior position at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator – NIMHD
Department: Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency: National Institutes of Health
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 1 vacancies – Bethesda, Maryland
Salary: $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 /
Series and Grade: GS-0601-15
Open Period: Monday, March 21, 2016 to Friday, March 25, 2016 Position Information: Agency Employees Only – Full Time Who May Apply: NIH Wide

Physics instructor position at Augsburg College (Minneapolis)

Augsburg College (Minneapolis MN) is hiring a one year limited term instructor in the Physics Department. If you know of anyone interested in teaching physics, the great city of Minneapolis, and a wonderful school with a diverse student body, please let them know about this opportunity.

Here is a link to the Job Advertisement in our HR system. There is an April 1 deadline. BUT, we will be reviewing qualified applicants until we fill the position.

Postdoc position in Bionanotechnology

The Gao Lab at University of Washington Bioengineering invites applications from qualified candidates for a postdoc position in the area of Bionanotechnology (nanotechnology, bioconjugation, imaging, drug delivery, cancer/neurological research, protein molecular engineering, and related). Candidates must be self-motivated, creative, independent, and have Strong publication records (minimally 2 first-author high-impact papers). Interested individuals should forward a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names (with address, phone number and e-mail) of three professional references to Dr. Xiaohu Gao at
The position will remain open until filled. For more information, please visit our webpage: and

Job Opening – Faculty Position at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

The position is open rank (assistant, associate, or full) and we are seeking applicants in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. Ultimately, we are looking for a great colleague who will fit well with our existing group of highly motivated and collaborative faculty.

The UNCG Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a PhD program in Medicinal Biochemistry, established in 2008. The areas of research encompassed in this program are quite broad, for example, PhD students work on projects involving synthetic medicinal chemistry, natural products research, bioanalytical chemistry, biochemistry of drug targets, and computational modeling. We also have a terminal masters degree and BS/BA degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The department ( features an extremely supportive and collegial environment with 14 full-time faculty and a diverse student body. We offer the BA, BS and MS degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry. Our department is housed in a 170,000 square foot, $35 million state of the art science building. Excellent core instrumentation and state of the art facilities for NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry with full time support staff are available on site.

Applications must be submitted through Jobsearch (position number 1179). Applicants should upload (as PDF files) a cover letter addressed to Dr. Nadja Cech, Committee Chair, a curriculum vita, a description of proposed research, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references. Formal recommendation letters will be requested later in the application process. Any questions can be addressed to Trina Porcher at Review of applications will begin February 15th and will continue until the position is filled.
We are especially proud of the diversity of our student body, which is 43% ethnic minority ( UNCG was designated as a Minority Serving Institution for 2015 by the US Department of Education. We seek to attract a diverse applicant pool for this position, including women and members of minority groups. UNCG is an EEO/AA employer with a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity. EOE AA/M/F/D/V.

Employment Opportunity: Biological Image Analysis Scientist / Software Engineer at Harvard Medical School

Call for Applications
The Image and Data Analysis Core (IDAC) at Harvard Medical School (HMS) is a new core facility that enables basic and biomedical research by providing state-of-the-art image analysis and related data analysis expertise. The IDAC mission is to enable and improve research performed at HMS, while simultaneously advancing the field of biological image analysis. We maintain a collection of existing open source and commercial image analysis software packages and train researchers to use them effectively. More importantly, we continuously develop novel algorithms to allow researchers to extract valuable information from their biological images. When interfaced with the cutting-edge biomedical research and imaging happening at HMS, these state-of-the-art methods make new science possible and push the biological image analysis field forward. We also actively work to disseminate our image analysis expertise to the HMS community through seminars, workshops and courses.

Apply now!
IDAC has an immediate opening for a Biological Image Analysis Scientist / Software Engineer. This position will regularly provide advice and direction on image analysis to graduate students, postdocs and faculty at HMS, train researchers to use existing image analysis solutions, convert existing analysis tools into turnkey software, and develop and publish novel solutions to address unmet needs. This position will also have the opportunity to identify additional responsibilities that match his/her interests, such as organizing and teaching image analysis lectures and workshops; organizing discussion groups/journal clubs; developing protocols for comparing and evaluating algorithm performance; or pursuing independent research in image analysis.

Qualifications / Required Skills:
● PhD in a related field with 2 or more years of research experience in biological image
analysis algorithm development.
● MATLAB image processing, image analysis, GUI development experience.
● Effective communication skills; ability to communicate technical concepts to nontechnical
● Strong mathematical and statistical background.
Desired / Preferred Skills:
● Bioimaging optics knowledge – basic principles of modern microscopy.
● Knowledge of basic biology / biological research techniques.
● Experience with modern machine learning methods.

● Develop novel biological image processing, image analysis and data analysis algorithms in MA TLAB.
● Consult and effectively communicate with researchers on the effective use of image analysis methods.
● Train researchers to use existing or novel analysis software, effectively communicating analysis principles and practical aspects of operation.
● Modify & customize existing analysis tools, to provide additional functionality.
● Convert existing analysis tools into user-friendly software.
Interested applicants, send the following materials:
● Curriculum Vitae
● 1 page cover letter describing why you’re interested in working at IDAC, how you would contribute, and anything else you want us to know about you. Please do not just summarize your CV, though you may include any pertinent highlights of your image analysis experience.
● Contact information for three references (we will ask you before calling them).
Please send to with “Image Analysis Scientist Position” in the subject line of the application email. Interviews will be arranged as soon as possible and until the position is filled.

Opportunity within the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

The position involves professional responsibility for the oversight of a federal grants program focused on enhancing the integration and dissemination of diversity training, women’s health, and sexual and gender minority efforts within the scientific community and underserved communities experiencing disparities, through NCI-supported networks.

Applications will be accepted through the vacancy announcement posted at

Job Title: Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator (HSA)
Series and Grade: GS-0601-15
Position Information: Full time-permanent
Duty Location: Shady Grove, MD
Open Period:Monday, February 1, 2016 to Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The selectee will play a critical and valuable role in the overall management of designing, implementing and assessing programs that support the training of a diverse cadre of competitive cancer and cancer health disparities researchers, and create state-of-the-art networks dedicated to integrating cancer research, diversity training, and education/outreach efforts in underserved communities.

Ideal candidates will have expertise in basic, clinical, translational, population-based and/or behavioral research related to cancer and cancer health disparities. Also desirable is an educational background or experience in molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, basic medical science, and/or in applied research, such as community-based education, outreach, and public health.

If you think this position may be of interest to you, we encourage you to apply.

Please also feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues and others who may be interested in joining this exciting and dynamic team of scientists working to promote research and training in cancer and cancer health disparities research, and to identify new and innovative scientific education and outreach opportunities to improve cancer outcomes in communities experiencing an excess burden of cancer.

The NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities