Health Scientist Administrator

Rockville, MD
February 06 2014

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health



National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


Health Scientist Administrator

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces an exciting opportunity for up to four Health Science Administrators (Program Directors) to manage portfolios in;


NINDS seeks a candidate with a strong background in the area of neurodegenerative disorders, neurobiology/neuroscience, molecular and systems biology, or related basic science or field, such as translational research, genetics, clinical trials, stem cell biology, and biobanking


NINDS seeks a candidate with a strong background in neuromuscular disease or related basic science.  This may include but is not limited to studies of muscle and nerve interactions, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and/or other diseases of the motor unit.  The candidate will manage an NIH portfolio of mechanistic, translational and clinical research awards in these disease areas and provide a leadership role through interactions with multiple federal programs, patient advocacy organizations and drug development groups.

 Repair and Plasticity

NINDS seeks a candidate with a strong background in the area of traumatic brain injury (TBI), or related basic science, e.g., cortical plasticity, brain imaging, or axon biology.  The candidate will manage the NINDS grant and cooperative agreement portfolio in TBI and related basic science. 

Systems and Cognitive Neuorscience

The Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster is seeking an energetic scientist or clinician with strong expertise in one of the following areas:  1) Neuropathic pain and nociception, or 2) Cognitive neuroscience.  Candidates should be conversant with a broad spectrum of basic, translational and clinical science relevant to these fields.  Familiarity with neuroimaging science, particularly for the cognitive neuroscience position, would be beneficial

Successful candidates will manage NINDS grant and cooperative agreement portfolios in one of these four disease areas, including related basic science.  In addition, participation on committees and working groups, both within NINDS and more broadly at the NIH and elsewhere, is expected.  Candidates should have excellent communication skills and be able to assist investigators across academia, biotech/pharma, and patient advocacy groups in how to capitalize on funding opportunities.   NINDS is particularly interested in individuals with a broad and current understanding of the critical scientific questions and opportunities related to neurological disorders at either basic, translational, and/or clinical stages of research. Specific areas of interest within the four indicated disease areas are as follows:

Submit your online application to  Please note that the job vacancy announcements will not go live until Friday, February 14 and will close on Sunday, February 23. 

Job vacancy announcement titles and #s;

Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer), GS-0601-15 (NIH-GR-DE-14-104136)

Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer), GS-0601-15 (NIH-GR-DE-14-1041940)

Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer), GS-0601-12/13/14 FPL:14 (NIH-GR-DE-14-1037970)

Health Scientist Administrator (Scientific Review Officer), GS-0601-13/14 FPL:14 (NIH-GR-DE-14-1037971)

 Successful candidates for these positions will have an advanced scientific degree (e.g. PhD) preferred in life sciences, chemistry or related field; proven leadership and management skills, excellent communication, negotiation and facilitation skills required, both oral and written, and proven ability to interact effectively with senior management, in public forums and within project teams. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.



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