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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Job Vacancy Announcement – Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science
Genomics Research Branch

Position Overview

The Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science (DNBBS) at NIMH directs, plans, and supports programs of research in the areas of basic neuroscience, human genetics, basic behavioral science, research training, resource development, technology development, drug discovery, and research dissemination. In cooperation with other components of NIMH and the research community, DNBBS also is responsible for ensuring that relevant basic science knowledge is generated and then harvested to create an improved diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and behavioral disorders.

DNBBS is looking for a motivated individual to serve as a Program Officer at its Rockville, Maryland site to direct and lead its Integrative Human Genomics Program. This program supports research that integrates how human genetic variation affects the coordination of molecular, cellular, and physiological networks underlying higher-order functions and emergent properties of neurobiological systems. Topic areas of research include creating human molecular reference maps from defined cell types and circuits and elucidating the relationship between genomic features, such as gene regulatory elements and chromatin structure, and the spatiotemporal dynamics of gene and protein expression in healthy and diseased individuals.

Position Duties

The Program Officer plans and directs programs on national and international levels to support the advancement of the research mission of DNBBS. Responsibilities will include administering and managing an extramural portfolio of research grants and cooperative agreements and developing new funding opportunities. The Program Officer also interacts and collaborates with researchers in the scientific community and with program officers at NIMH, NIH, and other federal agencies.


This position requires both independent and collaborative work. Strong organizational, and communication skills are also required. The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A full federal Civil Service benefits package is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

How to Apply

Interested parties should send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae, to  For qualification requirements, evaluation criteria, and application instructions, please view the vacancy announcement.  A Global “Health Scientist Administrator” job announcement will be posted on on May 16, 2022.  Applications in response to this announcement must be submitted through the USAJOBS website by May 22, 2022.

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified candidates with diverse perspectives such as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.