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The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is hiring Health Specialists and Social Science Analysts!

Position Descriptions

BSR offers a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with opportunities to support innovative social, behavioral, psychological, and economic research programs in aging and Alzheimer’s disease and to participate on interdisciplinary scientific teams. The ideal candidate has a Master’s degree (or equivalent) and research experience in the social, behavioral, or data sciences. Prior experience in aging research is ideal, but not required.

Individual Behavioral Processes Branch Specialist/Analyst

Interested parties should contact Janine Simmons (Janine.Simmons@nih.gov)

  • The IBP Branch develops and supports research programs on psychological, behavioral, and interpersonal processes of relevance to aging. This includes research on mechanisms of behavior change and behavioral interventions, cognitive and emotional functioning, behavior genetics and sociogenomics, technology and human factors, family and interpersonal relationships, and integrative biobehavioral research on the mechanistic pathways linking social and behavioral factors to health in mid-life and older age. The portfolio is highly interdisciplinary, linking methods and approaches from psychology with those of economics, anthropology, neuroscience, and genetics, including studies conducted in wild and captive animal models. It supports two Centers programs and numerous research networks, including the trans-NIH Science of Behavior Change research network. This position supports the program officers in the IBP branch, assisting with grant portfolio administration, scientific workshop and funding opportunity development, literature reviews, and portfolio analyses to support new and ongoing BSR research initiatives that address divisional priorities National Alzheimer’s Plan of Action.

Population and Social Processes Branch Specialist/Analyst

Interested parties should contact John W. R. Phillips (John.Phillips@nih.gov)

  • The PSP Branch supports research and data infrastructure development projects on how demographic, social, economic, institutional, geographic, and other factors at the population level influence health and mortality at older ages, including physical and cognitive functioning, AD/ADRD, disability, morbidity, and well-being. PSP supports programs on economics of aging, health systems, and health services, with an emphasis on understanding the drivers of health disparities. It develops and oversees several large data and harmonization/sharing research infrastructure activities, including staff-intensive projects such as the HRS and its international comparators as well as the Demography and Economics Centers program. This position supports the program officers in the PSP branch, assisting with grant portfolio administration, scientific workshop and funding opportunity development, literature reviews, and portfolio analyses to support new and ongoing BSR research initiatives that address divisional priorities (PDF, 433K) and the National Alzheimer’s Plan of Action.

Office of Research Resources Specialist/Analyst

Interested parties should contact Dana Plude (Dana.Plude@nih.gov)

  • BSR’s Office of Research Resources supports a wide range of data infrastructure projects, both to promote replicability of scientific research on aging and Alzheimer’s disease, and to ensure the most cost-effective use of data resources, while safeguarding confidentiality of subjects. BSR has long championed expanding access to program data from public health and social programs (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc.) to support research on how behavioral and social factors impact health at older ages, resulting in a dramatic increase in demand for these data as well as linkage to other high value data sources such as longitudinal health and social surveys. The combination of expanding data opportunities, high demand for access, increased concerns about inappropriate disclosures, and the complexities of developing sharing agreements requires more staff support to facilitate access for researchers. The successful candidate will support all functions of this office, including tracking data use agreements, developing Inter-Agency Agreements and contracts, overseeing aspects of data linkage and sharing arrangements, and conducting data assessment and market research for the development of public/private partnerships to develop more administrative data linkages.

SUBMIT A CV AND GET UPDATES ON APPLICATION DEADLINES! Interested candidates who wish to be considered for any of these positions are encouraged to send a CV and a writing sample (publication or other manuscript) to NIAJobs@mail.nih.gov. Please specify the position(s) in which you are interested.

You will be contacted when formal job announcements associated with these positions are posted on usajobs.gov.