Opportunities at NIBIB

Health Scientist Administrator (Scientific Review Officer)

Position Overview

The NIBIB is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Health Scientist Administrator (Scientific Review Officer) within the Office of Scientific Review (OSR) in the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA).

The OSR is responsible for the initial scientific and technical merit review of grant applications and contract proposals submitted to NIBIB. This first level of review is carried out by a Scientific Review Group (SRG, or review panel) composed primarily of non-federal scientists who have expertise in relevant scientific disciplines and current research areas. Each SRG is led by a Scientific Review Officer (SRO).

The SRO is an extramural staff scientist and the Designated Federal Official responsible for ensuring that each application or contract proposal receives an objective and fair technical and scientific peer review, and that all applicable laws, regulations, and policies are followed. The hired individual will primarily manage the peer review of grant applications that address NIBIB-specific needs, including research grants (e.g., R01, R21, R33, R34, R61), cooperative agreements (e.g., U01, U54), center grants (P41), research career awards (Ks), and institutional training grants (T32), scientific conference support (R13), in response to NIBIB-initiated as well as Common Fund RFAs and PARs. These reviews will be conducted by convened Special Emphasis Panel review meetings for which groups of reviewers with specific expertise are invited to evaluate groups of applications. The hired individual will conduct initial planning for scientific peer review, including working with NIBIB Program Staff in the development of funding opportunity announcements (FOA) and maintain the core values of peer review (expert assessment, transparency, impartiality, fairness, confidentiality, integrity, and efficiency). The hired individual will coordinate instructional pre-review meeting teleconferences with reviewers, will formulate and guide peer review strategies for new or unusual FOAs, will coordinate review activities with Office of Committee Management and Grants Management and may participate in outreach efforts for the community.

Competitive candidates will possess a doctoral degree and/or postdoctoral experience in research and development of biomedical imaging and bioengineering or a related field. 


Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree from an accredited college university. Knowledge of the NIH peer review process will be a plus.

How to Apply

A formal application through the next NIH global announcement will be necessary and is posted in USA Jobs from May 17-26, 2021. For additional information about these positions, please contact Manana Sukhareva, Director of the Office of Scientific Review. 

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.


Research and Clinical Fellowships in the Imaging Sciences Training Program

The Imaging Sciences Training Program (ISTP), at the National Institutes of Health, jointly sponsored by Radiology and Imaging Sciences (RAD) in the Clinical Center and the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), is accepting applications for one to two-year fellowship positions on a rolling admission basis. This program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals who plan a research career in imaging and biomedical sciences.

This ISTP provides opportunities in clinical, translational and basic imaging research available in Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, Interventional Radiology Laboratory and Molecular and Cellular Imaging. The program spans research in all aspects of clinical and basic imaging sciences. Applicants can choose to work in research areas including: neuroimaging, interventional, oncological, vascular, metabolic imaging and computer-aided diagnosis using various imaging techniques. There are bench-to-bedside research opportunities in MRI/MRS, MR microscopy, PET radiochemistry, contrast agent development, cellular and molecular imaging, high intensity focused ultrasound, and targeted drug delivery, and innovative image processing and visualization algorithms. Qualified applicants will also be able to have clinical exposure to a unique research patient population found at the NIH. Fellows in the ISTP will have access to state-of-the-art imaging and computer facilities dedicated to research found in the Clinical Center, In Vivo NMR Research Center, and various basic science laboratories. Collaboration with imaging scientists on the NIH campus will be encouraged.

Applicants should hold an MD, MD/PhD or PhD degree and should have completed training in radiology, nuclear medicine, biomedical engineering or a related area of the imaging sciences. Applications from individuals currently in U.S. residency programs may also be considered for research fellowship positions. Foreign graduates can also be considered for the Fogarty Visiting Fellows Program. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required for this full-time equivalent appointment. Salary will vary depending upon qualifications including number of years of post-residency or graduate training. NIH also provides a generous benefits package. NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, at least three letters of reference and a preliminary statement concerning their area of research interest to:

Dr. Joseph A. Frank
c/o Ms. Cassandra Smith
Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Building 10 Room B1N256
10 Center Drive MSC 1074
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-1074

Additional information can be found at the Imaging Sciences Training Program website.

NIH is an equal opportunity employer.

NIBIB Program Director Position for Synthetic Biological Systems

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is seeking a creative, energetic and dedicated individual for a Program Director position in the Division of Discovery Science and Technology (DDST), which oversees the Institute’s portfolio in bioengineering. The candidate will primarily manage the Synthetic Biological Systems program. The responsibilities of the position include: all aspects of grant management including interacting with potential applicants, recommendation of applications for funding, management of funded grants and awards, outreach, portfolio analysis, program evaluation, identification of critical gaps and development of initiatives and measures to address these. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in an engineering discipline, such as Biomedical Engineering or Bioengineering, and a deep interest in the advancement of biomedical technologies. Strong analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills are essential for success in this position. Expertise in synthetic/engineered biology, especially in the context of living systems, is valuable.

The mission of the NIBIB is to improve human health by supporting the development of cutting-edge technologies and computational methods in biomedical imaging and bioengineering. DDST aims to develop and demonstrate modular platform technologies and engineering approaches to manipulate and interface with biology to enable a new paradigm of biomedical intervention for human health. DDST advances technology development to address critical gaps in bioengineering using workshops and various funding mechanisms.

Those who are interested should contact:

David Rampulla, Ph.D.
Division of Discovery Science and Technology
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
(301) 451-4774

Applications for the position may be submitted through global recruitment at under the “Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)” listing. The listing is tentatively scheduled to open to applications on January 18, 2021. Applicants submitting applications for this position are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Rampulla directly to indicate their interest.

Post-doctoral fellow position – NIH-NIBIB-SOB

Field: Fluorescence microscopy

Position description: The Section on Biophotonics within the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking a post-doctoral fellow with experience in fluorescence microscopy. The lab develops probes and techniques for use in diffraction-limited and super-resolution fluorescence imaging of cells and tissues. The team improves upon and exploits existing developments in fluorescent proteins, instrumentation/methodology, and image analysis to better serve the cell and developmental biology communities. Current approaches take advantage of the photophysical behavior of fluorescent probes to improve the information content of the data being collected. For example, recent and ongoing studies take advantage of the behaviors of photoswitchable fluorescent proteins as they transition between their “off” and “on” states to monitor Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) in living cells1,2. Ongoing multiplexing developments of these approaches are designed to better facilitate multiple FRET readouts within the same cell. The team has exciting collaborative efforts underway to image protein-protein interactions at key points in the secretory pathway in addition to efforts to improve upon and utilize fluorescent protein-based biosensors using these photoswitching approaches. A successful candidate will possess the creativity, motivation, and experience to help drive these developments.

1. Ojha, N., Rainey, K.R., and Patterson G.H.  Imaging of fluorescence anisotropy during photoswitching provides a simple readout for protein self-association. Nat Commun. 2020 Jan 7;11(1):21. PMID: 31911590

2. Rainey, K.R. and Patterson G.H.  Photoswitching FRET to monitor protein-protein interactions. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.  2019. 116(3):864-873. PMID: 30598438

Qualifications: The applicant should have a Ph.D. in cell biology, biophysics, biochemistry, bioengineering, or related discipline. A successful candidate will have experience with one or more modes of fluorescence imaging, fluorescence image analyses, standard molecular biology techniques, and common cell culture techniques. Experience with programming is not required but is considered beneficial.

To Apply: Candidates should send inquiries to George H. Patterson ( Please include an updated CV, the names and email addresses of three references, and the date of earliest availability.

Position includes salary and benefits commensurate with NIH guidelines for post-doctoral fellows.

Location: Building 13, NIH main campus, Bethesda, MD

The National Institutes of Health is an equal opportunity employer. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.


Field: Immunology, Epigenetics, Regenerative Medicine, Trauma Medicine

Research Project Title: Genetic Understanding and Manipulation of Immune Responses to Biomaterials

Position Description: The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is seeking candidates for a Post-Doctoral Fellow position in the Intramural Research Program, in the Section on Immuno-Engineering.

This position will work at the intersection of immunology and engineering to analyze biological responses to medical device implantation and develop new technologies to promote device integration and tissue regeneration. Work will focus on characterizing immune responses to materials with the opportunity to work with next-generation high-color flow cytometers and the vast microscopy knowledge available at NIBIB.  Will also work closely with collaborating immunologists in other NIH institutes and with muscle trauma researchers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, who will help with functional regeneration testing. The Section on Immuno-Engineering focuses on immune reactions to medical devices and regenerative therapeutics to determine biologic mechanisms of immune responses to biomaterials in order to   then leverage/modulate those to promote device integration and tissue regeneration. Candidates would be responsible for conducting studies to understand the basic molecular mechanisms of the local and systemic immune response to biomaterials and medical devices, focusing on innate immune activation and differentiation.

Qualifications: The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Immunology, or related discipline. The applicant must display strong technical experience with bisulfite sequencing and/or ChIP-sequencing, along with exposure standard techniques such as qRT-PCR and flow cytometry. Experience with animal modeling is preferred. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the research, any interested applicants should be open to learning new techniques, especially in the field of trauma medicine and biomaterial therapeutics.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send their CV along with a one-page research statement (past/current/future) and the names and email addresses of 3 references to Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler at

Position includes salary and benefits in line with NIH standard levels for postdoctoral fellows.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. The United States Government does not discriminate 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 factor.

CONTACT: Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow in the Section on Mechanobiology

Research Project Title: Understanding Cellular and Tissue Molecular Mechanical Regulation for Self-organization.

Position Description: The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is seeking exceptional candidates for a Post-Doctoral Fellow position in the Intramural Research Program, in the newly established Section on Mechanobiology.

The focus of this position is on the development and use of advanced Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) technologies for cellular and tissue mechanics work, with opportunities to work on high spatio-temporal resolution AFM and confocal fluorescent microscopies, image analysis, and mathematical modeling.

The Section on Mechanobiology seeks to elucidate the molecular-mechanical regulation of two important biological processes: (i) the molecular-mechanical regulation of the actomyosin cortex of melanoma cells and the solid tumor microenvironment for deciphering self-organization in cancer biology, and (ii) the anisotropic mechanical properties of developmental and mature inner ear sensory and non-sensory epithelial tissues using a novel noncontact AFM approach. The lab also develops new AFM methodologies to study fast multiparametric and multidimensional cellular and tissue processes, and advances the state-of the-art AFM imaging methods for high spatio-temporal and quantitative nanomechanical mapping.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in cellular biology, biophysics, biomedical or mechanical engineering, or related discipline, with some background in molecular cell biology and developmental biology, and a demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary and diverse team. We are seeking a highly motivated individual who has a demonstrated record of productivity and success in scientific and engineering projects. The candidate must have experience on cellular and tissue mechanics, tissue culture, AFM imaging, optical imaging, and programming for data analysis (preferably MATLAB or R) and/or experimental devices control (preferably LabVIEW).

Position Location: Bethesda, Maryland (NIH main campus)

To Apply: Salary is determined by the NIH stipend level for Post-Doctoral Trainees and Fellows. Applicants are invited to submit a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a maximum one-page summary of research interests, and names and contact details of three referees to Dr. Cartagena-Rivera by email at

The National Institutes of Health is an equal opportunity employer. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.