The National Institute on Aging (NIA), Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR), seeks a Health Scientist Administrator to manage and develop a portfolio of innovative grant-supported research and research training and identify scientific opportunities to generate new knowledge supporting the NIA mission, related to the National Alzheimer's Plan of Action.
The NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. BSR supports social, behavioral, and economic research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level. Health Scientist Administrators in NIA/BSR enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with opportunities to develop research initiatives; cultivate a portfolio of grant-supported research; lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations; and develop scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues, conferences, and workshops).
The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for research and research training on formal and informal dementia caregiving, including long-term supports and services for persons with dementia, and services for their caregivers:
- Providing scientific administration at each stage of the grants process, including reviewing and approving progress reports;
- Identifying significant research findings in areas of expertise, summarizing and explaining the results to NIA leadership and other audiences;
- Proposing future program emphases, and drafting Funding Opportunity Announcements, based on knowledge of the scientific fields and NIA goals;
- Communicating about NIA program emphases and the NIH grant process to prospective applicants and grantees;
- Presenting and justifying funding plans to NIA leaders and the National Advisory Council on Aging;
- Participating in initiatives related to the National Alzheimer's Plan of Action, working with NIA and NIH colleagues, staff from other agencies, and stakeholders from the private sector and other levels of government.
PhD, MD, or doctoral equivalent in behavioral, social or population science (e.g., Social Epidemiology, Health Policy, Health Services, Psychology, Behavioral Medicine) and several years of significant experience in research or research management. Candidates should have strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills. Experience with research and programs on long-term supports and services, long-term care, or health of informal caregivers will be an advantage. Candidates must be US citizens.
All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. DHHS, NIH and NIA are Equal Opportunity Employers.
The work site is in Bethesda, Maryland. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience; excellent benefits are offered. The position likely will be posted at the GS-12, 13, and 14 federal government salary grades, with an annual salary between $77,490 and $141,555.
For more information:
Interested parties should contact John Haaga at John.Haaga@nih.gov. This is a pre-announcement of the vacancy which will be posted on www.usajobs.gov and applications must be submitted through that website to be considered. All inquiries will remain confidential.