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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Job Vacancy Announcement - Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer), Division of Translational Research

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Mental Health
Division of Translational Research
Adult Pathophysiology and Biological Interventions Branch
Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)

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 Adult Pathophysiology and Biological Interventions Branch supports programs of research aimed at understanding the brain basis of mental disorders. The Branch supports multidisciplinary studies with human and model systems on the genetic, molecular, cellular, circuit, and systems levels of brain function designed to elucidate the pathophysiology of mental disorders and to translate these findings to clinical diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies.

Position Overview

The Division is looking for an individual to serve as a Program Officer at its Rockville, Maryland site to direct and lead the Neuromodulation and Neurostimulation Program. This program supports research that seeks to develop and refine novel neurostimulation and neuromodulation devices and interventions; identify and validate targets for novel interventions using such modalities; assess mechanisms of action of existing and putative neuromodulation interventions; and identify and validate biomarkers of disease progression and treatment response. The overall goal is to advance neurotherapeutics for major mental disorders and clinical dimensions of psychopathology (RDoC) associated with these disorders.

The Program Officer will be expected to plan and direct programs in neurostimulation and neuromodulation on national and international levels in support of the advancement of DTR’s research mission. Responsibilities will include administering and managing an extramural portfolio of research grants and cooperative agreements and developing new funding opportunities. The Program Officer will also be expected to interact and collaborate with program officers at NIMH, NIH, and other federal agencies, and with researchers in the scientific community.


This position requires working both independently and collaboratively. Strong organizational and oral and written communication skills are required. Candidates having earned either an MD or an MD/PhD with substantial expertise in the development and application of neurostimulation and neuromodulation therapies would be an ideal match to the program’s goals.


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.

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.

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