Health Scientist (AD for Imaging Sciences)

National Institute of Health (NIH) / NIAID

  • Research Scientist
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

Health Scientist (AD for Imaging Sciences)

Division of Clinical Research

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Institutes of Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)—one of the largest institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—is seeking an exceptional and motivated candidate to serve as a health scientist within the Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick (IRF), part of the Division of Clinical Research (DCR). IRF’s mission is to manage, coordinate, and facilitate the conduct of research on emerging infectious disease and biodefense pathogens to develop medical countermeasures and improved medical outcomes for patients.

This position offers a unique opportunity to work with expert scientists from the IRF, other parts of NIAID and NIH, and outside organizations to develop and understand the basis of diseases caused by viruses requiring biosafety level (BSL) 3 or BSL-4 containment. The selected candidate will work with exceptional imaging scientists and radiologists at both the IRF and NIH Center for Infectious Disease Imaging (CIDI) to apply highly sophisticated imaging and machine-learning methods to define disease characteristics in animal models

The health scientist manages the IRF’s medical imaging program (interacting with IRF contract imaging staff and external collaborators) to ensure the IRF maintains state-of-the-art advanced imaging capabilities as well as assists the IRF Director in establishing and reviewing the IRF scientific portfolio to incorporate imaging methods in animal modeling studies of diseases caused by highly pathogenic viruses. The health scientist also serves as a liaison between the IRF and the CIDI; as a Contract Officer’s Representative (COR) for imaging contracts; as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Registered Principal Investigator (PI); and as PI for Recombinant DNA Registrations and Pathogen Registration documents.



•    U.S. citizenship

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

•    Experience collaborating with internal and external partners on medical imaging programs to ensure advanced imaging capabilities; advising on animal modeling and incorporating state-of-the art imaging techniques; and in overseeing the execution of studies to identify pathogenic mechanisms of high consequence pathogens


•    Ph.D., D.V.M., M.D. or similar degree with research experience in a relevant discipline (such as virology, immunology, molecular biology or pathology)

•    Experience with the application of imaging concepts and methods in animal modeling studies involving pathogenic viruses as evidenced by publications in this area of research

•    An understanding of sophisticated medical imaging theories and practices as they relate to defining pathogenesis in animal models

•    Knowledge and experience in program management principles, concepts, resources, and practices

•    Evidence of previous collaborative studies involving proposal development, data analysis, and reporting

•    A knowledge of federal, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NIH, and NIAID organizational practices and regulations is highly desirable

•    Ability to effectively communicate and work collaboratively with other scientists, managers, technical, professional, and administrative staff to maximize the use of the unique imaging capabilities at the IRF

To Apply

Visit and access the detailed Health Scientist (AD for Imaging Sciences) vacancy announcements NIH-NIAID-DE-21-11003699 (U.S. citizens) and/or NIH-NIAID-MP-11007028 (status candidates) beginning February 15, 2021. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on February 19, 2021.

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Education Requirement:
Bachelor's or graduate / higher level degree required; Ph.D., D.V.M., M.D. or similar degree preferred
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • virology
  • immunology
  • molecular biology
  • pathology
  • pathogenesis
External job URL:
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