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Job Vacancy Announcement - Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) - Office of Research Training and Career Development (ORTCD)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Translational Research (DTR)

Program Overview

The Division of Translational Research (DTR) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) directs, plans, and supports programs of research that translate knowledge from basic science to discover the etiology, pathophysiology, and trajectory of mental disorders and develop effective interventions for children and adults. The Division, located in Rockville, MD is looking for a motivated individual to serve as a Program Officer to guide research training programs relating to adult psychopathology in the Office of Research Training and Career Development. The Office fosters the training of new investigators and enhances the career development of translational scientists through individual fellowship, career development, research education, and institutional research training grants.

Position Duties

The Program Officer in the Office of Research Training and Career Development serves as a program expert for the research education and training of individuals in the areas of adult psychopathology related translational research. The Program Officer will be expected to provide scientific and programmatic guidance and support to investigators in the early stages of their research careers who are conducting research in fields relevant to the advancement of DTR’s research mission. Responsibilities will include administering and managing an extramural portfolio of research training, education, and career development awards and developing new funding opportunities. The Program Officer will also be expected to interact with researchers in the scientific community and with program officers at NIMH, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies, as appropriate.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have successfully completed a bachelor’s and graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position from an accredited college or university.

This position requires working both independently and collaboratively. Strong organizational, oral, written, and communication skills are also required. Experience managing research programs is also desirable. Successful candidates are subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

A complete federal civil service benefits package includes retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).   Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

A global Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcement will be available through  opening September 2024.

Candidates must apply through USAJOBS: USAJOBS - The Federal Government's official employment site  Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to also send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to

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HHS and NIH are equal-opportunity employers.

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are equal-opportunity employers.