Job opening: Director, National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM)
Contributor: Myra Westmoreland, NIEHS
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated Senior Scientist to serve as NICEATM Director. NICEATM is the primary federal resource for the development, validation, and evaluation of new toxicological testing methods that reduce, refine, or replace the use of animals (“alternative methods”). NICEATM provides scientific technical leadership, as well as administrative support to the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), a committee established by Congress in the ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000. In addition to working with the 15 agency members of ICCVAM, the Director of NICEATM also acts as the US liaison with similar organizations in Europe, Canada, Japan, and Korea, as outlined in the International Cooperation of Alternative Test Methods (ICATM) agreement, and works to facilitate international adoption and implementation of alternative methods via interactions with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The successful applicant will be an internationally recognized expert in the validation of alternative methods, with detailed scientific knowledge of mechanistic toxicology, computational toxicology, and in vitro method validation, and must possess the ability to devise and implement a strategic framework for harmonizing the development, validation, and regulatory acceptance of non-animal test methods that meet the needs of US agencies. The applicant must understand the testing requirements and policies of US agencies. The applicant must be familiar with the drivers and complexity of harmonizing policies with our international trading partners.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a professional research-based degree (PhD, MD, or DVM) in the life sciences, with experience in animal-based toxicity testing, in-vitro toxicology, test method validation, computational toxicology, and analysis of large/complex data sets. The successful candidate must demonstrate the strategic and tactical capability to identify and match new technologies with existing regulatory guidelines that could benefit from non-animal alternatives, while also understanding the limitations of data generated through these new approaches. Finally, the candidate must possess the communication and people skills to convey progress on animal-free testing, or lack thereof, to stakeholders (industry/trade groups, animal welfare organizations, NGOs), the public, members of the media, and Congress.
Applications for this position will be accepted February 3, 2016 through March 2, 2016. Applicants should submit one combined PDF including current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography and a one-page summary stating the applicant’s philosophy for developing a program that would place NICETAM at the forefront in the development of alternative toxicological methods, both nationally and internationally. Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference in PDF format sent directly to email@example.com. As there are other recruitments currently running, please instruct your referees to include your name and the vacancy number (AC1243) in the subject line of their email.
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