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Job Vacancy Announcement - Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) Brain Circuitry and Dynamics Program

Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)
Division of Translational Research
Brain Circuitry and Dynamics Program
National Institute of Mental Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The NIMH Division of Translational Research (DTR) directs, plans, and supports programs of research and research training that translate knowledge from basic science to discover the etiology, pathophysiology, and trajectory of mental disorders and develop effective interventions for children and adults. DTR supports integrative, multidisciplinary research in the following areas: the phenotypic characterization and risk factors for psychiatric disorders; neurobehavioral mechanisms of psychopathology; trajectories of risk and resilience; and design and testing of innovative neuromodulatory, psychosocial and psychopharmacological interventions. The Division is looking for motivated individuals to serve as a Program Officer for the Brain Circuitry and Dynamics Program. The selected candidate(s) will stimulate, plan, advise, and direct program activities for a portfolio of research projects in the area of adult psychopathology and pathophysiology. Competitive candidates are expected to be accomplished scientists with a good understanding of how biomedical research is performed and expertise in the application of a wide variety of neuroimaging modalities and other biological assessments to mental health disorders. A publication record, prior research experience, and evidence of a familiarity with current literature in circuit-based neuroscience related to mental illness are essential.

This position requires working both independently and collaboratively and offers opportunities to impact priorities, develop new initiatives and contribute to the advancement of a national program of research. Responsibilities include administering and managing an extramural portfolio of research grants. Strong organizational, oral, written and communication skills are required. Salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits 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.


Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree in an accredited college university, including acceptance of the dissertation, in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences allied to health or health related research.

How to Apply

We will be accepting applications from May 20 – May 29, 2019. Interested candidates should apply via USAjobs prior to the closing date. Interested candidates should also send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae to

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

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