Staff Scientist


National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


Bethesda, Maryland

Principal Investigator

John Ngai


Application packages are to include a Curriculum Vitae with bibliography, statement of research interests and a list of three references to: Nhi Floyd, Senior Administrative Officer, NINDS at (phone: 301-443-8013). Please include a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those that are relevant to the specific areas of study of the Molecular Neurobiology Section. Salary is commensurate with experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available. All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NINDS search process without a signed release from candidates.

E-mail a single PDF document to Nhi Floyd at containing the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae with bibliography
  • One-page statement of your philosophy of successful operation of a research laboratory
  • Contact information for at least three references

All employees are subject to a background investigation.


A staff scientist position is available in John Ngai’s laboratory in the Molecular Neurobiology Section at the National Institutes of Health. The focus of this position is to oversee studies focused on understanding the genetic, epigenetic, and cell-signaling pathways underlying neural development and adult stem cell-mediated regeneration using the mouse peripheral olfactory system as the primary model. These studies will use a combination of approaches including single-cell transcriptomic and epigenomic analyses, mouse transgenic and other genetic approaches, viral transduction, immunohistochemistry, multiplexed RNA in situ hybridization, and confocal and other advanced light microscopy techniques. Our long-term goal is to elucidate the molecular determinants regulating the progression of cells in a developmental or regenerating pathway during the construction or repair of neural circuits.

At NIH, the staff scientist is a central member of research teams, who typically runs the scientific and teaching aspects of a Principal Investigator’s research program. He/she would provide direct supervision for two or three students and/or postdocs. Together with the PI, he/she would steer the long-term direction of the research group. The opportunity also exists for the Staff Scientist to conduct his/her own studies in the above research area.

The successful candidate will be offered salary and benefits commensurate with experience and accomplishments. The appointment would be through the Title 42 mechanism -

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Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in molecular, cellular, and/or developmental biology, genomics, computational biology, or equivalent field and significant experience in developmental/regenerative biology. He/she should have publications demonstrating these skills, as well as expertise in the area of genomics research. Fluent command of both spoken and written English is imperative.

The applicant should have experience in supervising trainees in laboratory research and must have a track record indicative of innovative thinking.