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This position is located in the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas.  The mission of NCTR is to conduct scientific research and develop innovative tools and approaches for FDA to protect and promote public health. 

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens and Public Health Service Commissioned Officers.  No previous federal experience is required.  This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.

Executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience, which may result in a higher salary than reflected above.

This position is in the Senior Biomedical Research Service (SBRS).




As Director for the Division of Systems Biology, the incumbent will provide leadership, managerial oversight, and direction for all research-related activities within the Division.  The incumbent will address Agency scientific issues using a systems approach that links data from "omics" technologies with in-vivo data to provide a comprehensive mechanistic assessment.  The incumbent will also provide expertise to NCTR/FDA scientists responsible for directing various model systems used to address critical issues including hepatotoxicity, cardiotoxicity, developmental toxicity, and disease and toxicity/disease susceptibility.

The roles/functions to be carried out by the Director, Division of Systems Biology include:

-Performing the full range of administrative duties required to manage and supervise a diverse staff of professional research scientists with expertise in areas including, but not limited to biology, chemistry, and toxicology;

-Having responsibility for recruiting senior level scientist and post doctoral staff to maintain a state-of-the-art systems biology research program;

-Participating in the development of intermediate and long-range research plans and goals, evaluating specific research proposals, conducting employee appraisals, identifying budget and facility needs, critiquing manuscripts and abstracts and furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices.

-Managing and directing scientific, professional, managerial, and technical-support personnel engaged in activities related to advancing  research in systems biology.  Continuing to publish in peer reviewed journals and present work at national and international scientific meetings. 

-Serving as a senior-level research performance manager; setting and overseeing NCTR strategies, milestones, and deliverables.  Assuring accountability and timeliness within the Office.