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Health Scientist (Vaccines Concept Accelerator)

Office of Biodefence Research, Resources, and Translational Research

Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is seeking an exceptional, industry-experienced leader for a senior scientific product development specialist responsible for identifying cutting-edge research and using the latest technological advances to shepherd the concepts toward potential diagnostic applications.

The vaccines concept accelerator will 1) coordinate progression of multiple infectious disease product candidates addressing biodefense and public health needs, from early through advanced product development and the transition to a commercialization partner; 2) manage the design and development of initiatives that leverage the existing research base for product development with an enhanced focus toward exploiting innovative concepts that target product development; 3) ensure adequate oversight and integrate various pre-existing elements of the division’s product development resources and capabilities into the development of candidates; 4) conduct long-range planning in a research environment where future scientific opportunities are not readily apparent and frequently change with the development of new knowledge; and 5) build upon and establish additional cooperative, productive, and coordinated relationships with other government entities, especially the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the Department of Defense, to advance candidates and related concepts while avoiding duplication of efforts, interact with FDA on relevant regulatory issues, and work closely with the greater scientific community and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries to achieve shared scientific goals.



•    Bachelor’s degree or graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position.

•    Experience performing the following types of tasks: Identifying vaccine research development priorities and recommending funding levels; coordinating the planning, implementation, and evaluations of vaccine research; overseeing and ensuring vaccine development regulatory compliance; identifying and resolving scientific, fiscal, and administrative issues related to vaccine research programs; consulting with professional and voluntary research and health organizations, pharmaceuticals, and biomedical industries to identify and address vaccine research needs.

•    U.S. citizenship

•    Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance based on a state bureau investigation (SBI) with eligibility for sensitive compartmented information (SCI) may be required.

•    Employment is subject to the successful completion of the pre-appointment process (i.e., background investigation, verification of qualifications and job requirements, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, etc.)


•    Broad range of expertise in infectious disease disciplines, platform/diagnostic discovery and development experience, and associated research and development methodologies

•    Demonstrated experience in the successful development of a candidate vaccine or management and coordination of vaccine development activities and an in-depth understanding of the entire process, from discovery and proof-of-concept testing to preclinical testing through investigational new drug-enabling studies and early clinical development

•    Knowledge of the complex and nuanced regulatory requirements for licensure of new vaccines

•    Evidence of successful implementation of multifaceted, complex biomedical research programs

•    Evidence of leadership and collaborative skills demonstrating effective interactions across multiple disciplines within an organization or between multiple sectors such as industry, academia, and/or government

To Apply

Visit and access vacancy announcements NIH-NIAID-DE-20-10685572 (U.S. citizens) and/or NIH-NIAID-MP-20-10685699 (status candidates) on February 5, 2020. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on February 14, 2020.

Email Lily Martin ( with questions or for more information about the position.

Email Susie Yi-Miller ( with questions regarding how to apply.

Visit NIAID Careersto learn more about NIAID and how you can play a role in this exciting and dynamic research organization.

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.

Education Requirement:
• Bachelor’s degree or graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position
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