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and treatment of mental illnesses.

Job Vacancy Announcement - Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) - Child Traumatic Stress Research Program and Dimensional Traumatic Stress Research Program

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Translational Research (DTR)
Child Traumatic Stress Research Program and Dimensional Traumatic Stress Research Program

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 DTR seeks exceptional candidates to fill the position of Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) within the Child Traumatic Stress Research Program and Dimensional Traumatic Stress Research Program.

The Child and Dimensional Programs support traumatic stress research by exploring basic dimensions of functioning (e.g., fear circuitry, working memory, arousal, emotion regulation) relevant to traditionally defined or perceived posttraumatic psychopathology among children, adolescents, and adults. These research programs are largely clinical with a continuum of research from mechanisms of disease risk, onset, progression, and recovery through the pursuit of novel intervention targets and early-stage therapeutic development clinical trials. DTR is seeking candidates who have a strong understanding of traumatic stress research.

Position Duties

This Program Officer position involves opportunities for interagency interaction and communications/policy/press interaction. The ideal candidate must be able to collaborate with staff on the planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of programs and initiatives in the assigned specialty area of research. Candidates must also possess the ability to provide analyses to program staff of new research proposals, both pre- and post-application, regarding scientific strengths and weaknesses, experimental design, technical approaches, and overall impact.


Applicants must have a Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university with the ability to analyze the scientific merit and the adequacy of current and projected research programs.

This position requires using scientific expertise to review grant proposals and interact with potential grantees to obtain additional information. Strong organizational, oral, writing, and communication skills are required.

How to Apply

This is a pre-announcement. The official announcement will be available through from September 21, 2022 through September 30, 2022. If you are interested in this position, please send your resume to Please contact Shaun Clark, Management Analyst, at or (301) 480-8288 if you have any questions and for the live links to the announcement.


The Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) will be appointed at a salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience. In addition, full federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent), will be provided.

COVID Vaccination Status

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants to implement other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Employees providing healthcare or services supporting healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during your employment with NIH.

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.