Director of the  Early Translation Branch, Division of Preclinical  Innovation (DPI).

Director of the Early Translation Branch, Division of Preclinical Innovation (DPI).

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

Rockville, MD, United States

The
Early Translation Branch is a home to approximately 60 scientists and trainees with
diverse backgrounds including biology, chemistry, and informatics; and enjoys
access to state-of-the-art resources including robotic high-throughput
screening facilities, sample management, cheminformatics, medicinal chemistry,
and others. The Branch is a successor of the NCATS Chemical Genomics Center
(NCGC) and seeks to understand the underlying principles driving the translation
of basic research discoveries into tangible improvements in human health by
focusing on the early stages of this process. 
Efforts include the functionation of the human genome through discovery
of diverse tools, such as small molecules, antibodies, constrained peptides,
and others, by way of screening, directed evolution and rational computational
design methods, including machine learning and artificial intelligence,
development of innovative methods for assaying biological activity of novel
gene targets and pathways, and derivation of general principles governing the
interaction between the biological and chemical spaces. The incumbent is
responsible for planning and directing a broad and comprehensive program in discovery
of pharmacological tools to probe the function of the human genome and to
understand and improve the processes underlying said discovery. NCATS is seeking
individuals with scientific, administrative, and leadership credentials who can
lead and manage research activities in the above referenced areas, as well as
consult with the NCATS Scientific Director on the future progress and growth of
these respective research areas.



Qualifications:  Applicants
must have completed the requirements for a bachelor’s (or graduate) degree in a
biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or
related disciplines appropriate to this position, from an accredited college or
university; OR have a combination of experience and education which includes
courses comparable to a major in a biological science, agriculture, natural
resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to this position,
AND have appropriate experience or additional education which demonstrates
similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the duties of this
position.


In
addition to meeting the education requirements, applicants must demonstrate at
least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-14
level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector,
performing the following types of tasks: planning and directing a broad and
comprehensive program in early translational science; leading
multi-disciplinary research groups in technology and
therapeutic/diagnostic/intervention discovery; research experience in
preclinical translation; planning and designing the biochemistry and chemistry
aspects of multiple concurrent studies investigating early translation
problems; engaging stakeholders and scientists by chairing scientific
conferences, meetings, and making presentations related to translational
science.






The
ideal candidate will possess a strong background in the biomedical sciences as
well as a record of accomplishment in academic and/ or biopharmaceutical
preclinical translation with demonstrated experience leading multi-disciplinary
research groups in technology and therapeutic/diagnostic/intervention discovery;
will be an internationally-recognized and highly accomplished researcher in multiple
aspects of preclinical translation, with a particular interest and accomplishment
in novel technology and paradigm development.; have expertise and
accomplishment in multiple aspects of preclinical translation from target
validation through early development of therapeutics, including but not limited
to small molecules, biologics and antisense oligos, and/or diagnostics.  Experience in the biotechnology,
pharmaceutical or related industries is desirable, but not required.  The ideal candidate would have demonstrated
experience in directing and managing a large and scientifically diverse
research program, with well-honed administrative and interpersonal skills to
meet the demands of both research and program direction, and the ability to
influence, inspire, and empower scientists and administrative staff to be
creative, self-motivated, entrepreneurial achievers who deliver on the mission
of the organization through individual and collaborative initiative. Finally,
s/he would be a collaborative leader with demonstrated experience in engaging a
broad range of stakeholders, such as scientists from different disciplines,
patient advocacy groups, government agencies, and other nonprofit
organizations. Open to U.S. citizens.  








Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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