Health Science Policy Analyst

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
The incumbent will be a Health Science Policy Analyst, GS-12 to GS-14 level, depending on experience
April 26 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) is recruiting for five positions. DAB is one of four scientific Divisions in the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Salary for each position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The DAB supports research in basic, applied, and translational research through grants and a robust program to provide biological resources for extramural investigators. The objective of DAB-funded research is to elucidate the basic biochemical, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying the process of aging and age-related changes in humans and in animal models of human aging. This includes investigations of alterations of structure and function that characterize aging and investigations of how these adverse changes become risk factors for, or accompany, age-related conditions and disease states. The Division provides resources needed to support aging research comprising aged rodent and NHP colonies, rodent and NHP cell and tissue banks as well as the Primate Aging database.

Information on the Division can be found at .

A formal application through the next NIH global announcement will be necessary (to be posted in USAJobs in May). For additional information about these positions, please contact Ms. Karleigh Price ( with a resume and letter of interest and details about the application process for a position at NIA/NIH. Contacts in DAB are listed below.

Division Director:

The position will support the Division Director and Deputy Director on developing and enacting scientific and programmatic goals for the Division in the context of the broader goals of NIA and NIH. The activities include, but are not limited to:

•    Writing/preparing/managing internal and external, reports, presentations, talking points, and other outreach materials primarily for use by the Division Director and Deputy Director.


•    Conducting relevant literature review and analyses, as needed, culminating in presentations in diverse formats (Word documents, Excel workbooks or similar compilations and/or PowerPoint or similar slide formats), but with an emphasis on written reports that may be published or held for internal (DAB/NIA) use.


•    Participating in/attending meetings and briefings relevant to DAB’s activities as needed (e.g., DAB staff meetings, Geroscience Interest Group monthly meetings, NIH meetings, NIA scientific workshops), and providing highlights of those meetings for DAB leadership.


•    Liaison with NIA’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and NIA’s Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation.


Requirements for the position include:

•    Applicants must have graduate-level training (e.g., a Ph.D., M.D., R.N., M.S., MPH) with specialized and relevant knowledge in biomedical research, research communications, stakeholder engagement/external affairs, and/or public health issues. Experience in - and knowledge of - the biology of aging is highly desirable.


•    Applicants must have an understanding of NIH research and policy activities, and as needed be willing to undertake additional training.


Highly Desirable Skills

•    Mature judgment and skills in time management.


•    The ability to master new content rapidly, and to respond flexibly to changing priorities.


•    An ability to work independently on a variety of tasks simultaneously, while adhering to strict deadlines.


•    Advanced capabilities with presentation programs in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.


•    Excellent attention to detail.


•    Excellent written, verbal, and editorial skills.


•    Strong critical reasoning and problem-solving skills.


•    Ability to work collaboratively within teams of various sizes to plan strategic outreach activities, harmonize messaging, and facilitate communications. 


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