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Job Vacancy Announcement - Program Officer

Division of AIDS Research (DAR)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Position Overview

Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)
The NIMH Division of AIDS Research (DAR) is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time position as a Program Officer (PO) and Chief of the Clinical Neuroscience program. The NIMH DAR supports research to reduce the incidence of HIV worldwide and to decrease the burden of living with HIV. DAR-supported research encompasses a broad range of studies that includes basic and clinical neuroscience of HIV disease to understand and alleviate the neuropsychiatric and neurocognitive manifestations of the disease and its treatments, as well as basic and applied behavioral and social science to prevent new HIV diagnoses and limit morbidity and mortality among those living with HIV. This Clinical Neuroscience Program supports research on infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the aging who are living with HIV or at risk for acquiring HIV. Specifically, the program encourages research addressing neurocognitive, behavioral, and psychiatric consequences of living with HIV across the lifespan, and factors that may modify the risk for, or the manifestation of, these consequences. In addition, the program encourages studies that utilize neuroscience and basic behavioral research-based approaches to optimize HIV prevention and treatment

Candidates suitable for this PO position at NIMH should have a strong academic history in the clinical neuroscience of HIV disease across the lifespan with expertise in assessment of mental health and cognitive functioning in different cultural and linguistic settings, brain imaging, and brain-mind approaches Extensive training and experience in research areas and research methods (clinical trials, cohort studies) important to the NIMH DAR mission will be a strength. For this opportunity, the position involves professional responsibility for the direction and administration of a federal grants program of HIV clinical neuroscience research that requires an extensive, professional scientific background that is normally obtained by meeting the requirements of a Ph.D. in an appropriate field followed by relevant post-doctoral research.


Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 4-5 years of post-doctoral and/or professional experience in relevant fields of study. Individuals with current or prior academic faculty positions are of particular interest but are not required.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their resume to

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.