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Job Vacancy Announcement – Scientific Program Manager (Contractor)

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)
Genomics Research Branch (GRB)

Program Overview

The National Institute of Health (NIMH), Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science (DNBBS) directs, plans, and supports research programs in the areas of fundamental neuroscience, human genetics, basic behavioral science, research training, resource development, technology development, drug discovery, and research dissemination. The Division also has the responsibility, in cooperation with other components of the Institute and the research community, to ensure that relevant basic science knowledge is generated and harvested to create an improved diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and behavioral disorders.

Therefore, the Division is looking for a motivated individual to serve as a contractor Scientific Program Manager in its Genomics Research Branch (GRB). GRB supports research in psychiatric genetics, aiming to understand genetic basis of mental illness. Examples include genome-wide association studies (for rare and/or common variation), whole exome & whole genome sequencing, fine-mapping to identify causal variants, admixture mapping to explore population-specific risk factors, copy number variation, functional genomics studies (such as transcriptomics) related to the consequence of genetic variation, & epigenetic studies to understand how environmental exposures interact with genes. Selected contract candidate will manage the scientific and programmatic activities of the assigned GRB portfolio.

Position Duties

Individuals are encouraged to apply who can initiate, plan, develop, and direct NIMH extramural research programs administered by the Branch. The selected candidate will serve as contract Scientific Program Manager for a portfolio of grants, contracts, and/or cooperative agreements and participate in collaborative activities with other NIH institutes and Federal departments or agencies, as appropriate.

Candidates are expected to be accomplished scientists with a good understanding of how biomedical research is performed and expertise in interdisciplinary genomics research focusing on understanding the genetics of the brain and behavior. A publication record, prior research experience, and evidence of familiarity with current literature in human genomics related to mental illness are essential. This position requires working independently and collaboratively and offers opportunities to impact priorities, develop new initiatives, and contribute to the advancement of a national research program.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Candidates must have completed a graduate degree in Life Sciences with a minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral experience in biotechnology, industry, and/or academic with hands-on lab experience.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a current curriculum vitae or résumé, and a statement of interest to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The incumbent will be selected at a salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience. In addition, full benefits, including leave, health, and life insurance may be provided.

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, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.