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Job Vacancy Announcement - Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) - Functional Neurogenomics Program (FNP)

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 (DNBBS)    
Functional Neurogenomics Program (FNP)

Program Overview

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science announces openings for Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) positions to guide and manage a grants program supporting basic research in functional neurogenomics. The Program Officer will lead an innovative program aimed at elucidating the functional impact of genetic and epigenetic alterations, epigenetic and regulatory networks that control transcription, along with post-transcriptional and translational processes and molecular mediators contributing to phenotypic changes at the cellular, circuit, and behavioral levels in model systems (e.g., vertebrate, invertebrate, human cellular). This position provides an opportunity to impact priorities, develop new research initiatives and to contribute to the advancement of a national program of functional genomics research spanning molecular, cellular, physiological, and systems levels of analyses.

Position Duties

Individuals are encouraged to apply who have research experience using broad range of neuroscience, molecular and bioinformatic methods aimed at elucidating mechanisms whereby genomic regulatory control mechanisms impact biological processes relevant to mental disorders, such as neural plasticity, cognition, memory, attention, reward and emotional processing. This includes expertise in evaluating how these processes act within specific populations of brain cells and their effects on functional endpoints, as well as the application of novel model systems to interrogate functional genomic measures. It is preferred that candidates have strong technical background in multi-omic approaches, epigenetics and chromatin biology (e.g., using RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, SMART-seq, Hi-C, Paired-Tag, m3C-seq, mCT-seq); characterization of heritable factors, transcriptional control and/or post-transcriptional control / RNA biology; genetic modification and screening approaches, as well as bioinformatic methods to analyze genomic data. General responsibilities will 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.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have successfully completed a bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position from an accredited college or university. Applicants must demonstrate one-year of independent research experience, which involved the planning, organizing, and conducting of biomedical or health related research; and one-year of program administration in these fields.

Strong organizational, oral, written, and communication skills are also required. Experience managing research programs and coordinating professional groups and associations' activities is also desirable. Strong organizational, oral, writing and communication skills are required. Experience with the grant review process is preferable. Successful candidates are subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

Some positions in this announcement are eligible for remote work. Please select the “NIH – US Locations” location when applying if you wish to be considered for remote work. All other location(s) are not eligible for remote work. Remote is a position designation where little to no onsite presence is required (e.g., once or twice annually). You may work anywhere in the U.S., including any of the territories. Worksites outside of the U.S. are prohibited. Your pay is determined by the geographically defined pay locality  applicable to your approved worksite (e.g., home residence). Reporting to an NIH location may also be required during the onboarding process. Visit NIH's Remote Work page  for more information and requirements.

A complete federal civil service benefits package includes retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).  Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

A global Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientific Review Officer) announcement will be available through  from September 18, 2023 through September 27, 2023. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to also send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Visit the NIH Federal Resume Tips website for guidance on creating a federal resume at .

HHS and NIH are equal-opportunity employers

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are equal-opportunity employers.