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 (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Health Scientist Administrator. This position is located in the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Division of Neuroscience (DN), Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch in Bethesda, MD. The Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch focuses on research into the neural and psychological mechanisms underlying age-related changes in cognition, emotion, sensory and motor function, from the level of genes to the whole organism. Research supported by this branch spans a wide range of approaches including genetic, molecular, cellular, biochemical, neurophysiological, behavioral neuroscientific, epidemiological, therapeutic, multimodal, and translational.
As a Health Scientist Administrator of the Sensory and Motor Disorders of Aging Program, you will:
- Formulate, develop, and implement the scientific goals and activities of the Program
- Formulate and recommend program goals and objectives for developing the resources needed to support the nation's potential to support research on aging;
- Serve as a Health Scientist Administrator with scientific and administrative responsibility for the program to award and monitor grants and other funding mechanisms to support research goals of the aging research community;
- Work across NIH, other federal agencies, and foundations to promote scientific research and discovery in areas related to this program; and
- Attend study section review meetings for research applications assigned to the portfolio under purview.
The scientific areas under the Sensory and Motor Disorders of Aging Program include:
- Neural and psychological mechanisms underlying age-related changes in sensory and motor function from the level of genes to the whole organism, and epidemiological studies of populations
- Studies of molecular, structural, and dynamic brain changes, including research on adaptation or plasticity, as well as interventions to maintain or gain motor or sensory function in older age
- Mechanisms of normal aging and disease-related alterations in visual, auditory, somatosensory, vestibular, and chemosensory functions
- Mechanisms of normal aging and disease-related alterations in proprioception, postural control, sensory motor integration, balance and movement disorders in aging, including Parkinson’s disease
- The potential role of sensory and motor changes as predictors of age-related neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease
Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or equivalent degree in the biomedical sciences, with broad experience in neurosciences, particularly sensory system neuroscience, motor system neuroscience, or biological psychology/behavioral neuroscience, and aging.