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Job Vacancy Announcement - Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) - NIMH COVID Mental Health Impact

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Translational Research (DTR)

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 NIMH COVID Mental Health Impact Agenda.

DTR is seeking Program Officers who can plan, initiate, monitor, and conduct administrative/portfolio analyses to evaluate the program's effectiveness in meeting established goals. Applicants must be able to identify gaps in existing scientific knowledge and provide recommendations for future research efforts.

Position Duties

This Program Officer position involves high-level coordination of COVID-related Mental Health (MH) research. Responsibilities include representing NIMH on the NIH-wide RECOVER initiative, developing funding opportunities, portfolio analysis, and synthesis of rapidly evolving literature related to COVID and mental health. Relevant scientific areas include basic research through interventions and implementation. This position will have the opportunity to communicate/review Agency materials, interact with the White House, Congress, and researchers around the world on COVID-related mental health research efforts.

Additional duties include but are not limited to planning, developing, and implementing immediate and long-range goals and objectives designed to strengthen and enhance the success of the research program and making recommendations for and facilitate new research efforts, clinical studies, or other initiatives. Interested candidates must have the ability to interpret scientific data to identify high priority, conduct portfolio analysis, and identify opportunities and problem areas.


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. Trauma experience is preferred with a firm grasp of the bidirectional nature of COVID and mental illness and experience working on a broad scope of scientific areas. Candidates must have the ability to work with staff and awardee staff to plan and execute communications and training programs related to the data science 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.