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Job Vacancy Announcement - Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) Division of Services and Intervention Research

Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)
Division of Services and Intervention Research
National Institute of Mental Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) supports effectiveness research focused on optimizing preventive and therapeutic interventions (e.g., refining therapies to increase potency and efficiency; testing strategies for matching and sequencing treatments) and services research that aims to increase access, continuity, equity, efficiency, and quality of mental health care. DSIR is looking for motivated individuals to serve as a Program Officer and encourages applications from productive researchers with expertise and data-based publications in the following areas: suicide prevention research; the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions for youth and/or adults with serious mental illness; innovative strategies for refining and testing psychosocial/behavioral interventions (e.g., applications of technology; adaptive designs, modular or stepped-care approaches); research methods for leveraging large data (e.g., informatics, decision science, and other computational approaches applied to EHRs or other administrative data); and practice-based research (e.g., comparative effectiveness trials, quality improvement research, and dissemination and implementation research).

The position provides an opportunity to impact priorities, develop new research initiatives and to contribute to the advancement of a national program of research. General responsibilities include administering and managing an extramural portfolio of research grants, interacting with researchers and program officers for related programs at NIMH, NIH, and other funding agencies, and developing new research initiatives.

Strong organizational, oral, written and communication skills are also required.  Experience with the grants process is preferable. 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 a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in an accredited college university including acceptance of the dissertation, in an academic field or the health or pertinent sciences allied to health or health related research.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should also send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae, to

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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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