Animal Program Director, NIEHS

Deadline: March 26, 2021

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health is searching for an Animal Program Director, Attending Veterinarian and Chief of the Comparative Medicine Branch (CMB). CMB provides a broad range of services and collaborative support for NIEHS intramural research programs. The incumbent will be responsible for an AAALAC accredited animal care and use program and for support of NIEHS animal research programs that engage in molecular, reproductive, neurological and immunological research as well as studying the effects of environmental agents in order to develop methods of disease prevention and treatment.

CMB is responsible for management of the NIEHS animal care and use program, which includes facility management, animal procurement and housing, animal health surveillance and disease diagnosis, clinical veterinary services, rodent breeding, technical and surgical assistance, animal imaging, behavioral phenotyping, quality assurance of animal food, bedding, and water, and providing professional advice to the institute on animal related issues. CMB supports the scientific staff by providing training for investigators and technicians, quality assurance support for research projects, consultation with investigators planning animal research projects, and administrative and professional staffing for the NIEHS Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC). The CMB plans and conducts research appropriate to these functions and participates in the training of residents in an ACLAM approved laboratory animal medicine training program. The NIEHS Animal Care and Use Program is fully accredited by AAALAC. CMB supports over 200 active animal research projects for scientists in the Divisions of Intramural Research and the National Toxicology Program. A daily inventory of over 40,000 rodents is maintained. The Branch ensures that all animal use is performed humanely and in accordance with Public Health Service Policy and federal regulations.

The incumbent will serve as Animal Program Director, Attending Veterinarian, and Chief of the Comparative Medicine Branch for NIEHS with responsibility for maintaining the AAALAC accredited animal care program; will represent NIEHS on the NIH Animal Program Directors Committee and serve as attending veterinarian on the NIEHS ACUC; will actively support the NIEHS mission, participate in ongoing planning and management discussions to successfully resolve pertinent issues and challenges, participate in long range strategic planning processes to develop and implement effective goals and directions for the animal care program and provide information and recommendations to the Scientific Director; and will conduct/collaborate in research relative to the mission of CMB and the institute.

This position is classified as a Senior Scientist, an NIH employee that manages of a large Institute or Center (IC) research program/department with responsibility for substantial resources. A Senior Scientist may be granted independent research resources, which are subject to review by the IC Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC).

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a DVM/VMD from an AVMA-accredited or approved college, a current license to practice veterinary medicine in any state in the United States and board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. In addition, applicants must demonstrate a proven record of management and operation of an AAALAC accredited animal care program of similar magnitude and complexity and demonstrated experience meeting all regulations and policies pertaining to animal care and use. Applicants must possess demonstrable experience and skills in management and supervision, budget oversight, resource allocation, facility design, rodent colony management and disease control. In addition, applicants must possess the ability to analyze, prioritize and delegate resources while managing multiple projects and programs. Expertise and experience should include demonstration of positive and collegial interactions with staff at all levels and with scientific staff to promote and facilitate their research; scholarly contributions in the field of laboratory animal medicine or other related areas of science, in addition to professional recognition and leadership within the field of laboratory medicine (e.g. contributions to AAALAC, AALAS, ASLAP or ACLAM).

Salary/benefits: This is a federal full-time equivalent position, and a comprehensive benefits package is available. Salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications and accomplishments. A relocation or recruitment bonus may be permissible.

How to apply: To submit a complete application package, interested candidates must submit their full curriculum vitae including bibliography and a cover letter summarizing previous work experience managing an animal program and future interests as ONE (1) combined PDF to Ms. Bonnie Earnhardt at int- Please include vacancy number AC1450 and your name in the subject line of your email submission. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women or other underrepresented groups in biomedical research. In addition, applicants must arrange to have at least three (3) referees send letters of recommendation to Letters should be in PDF, on official letterhead and signed. Please be sure that referees include your name and Vacancy Number AC1450 in the subject line of their email. For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Kathy Laber-Laird at Incomplete applications or paper applications will not be accepted. The deadline for applications is March 26, 2021.

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity: The NIH NIEHS encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The United States Government prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. NIH NIEHS will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.

Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the United States must provide an evaluation by an accredited organization to ensure its equivalence to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website at Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

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