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The Division of Behavioral and Social Research is hiring Program Officers!

Position Descriptions

The NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) offers a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with opportunities to engage the scientific community via direct interaction as well as the development of funding opportunities to produce innovative social, behavioral, psychological, and economic research in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Candidates will have opportunities to 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). We have five positions available that involve managing a scientific portfolio aligned with division priorities and the research and scientific interests of the successful candidate. Applicants preferably have experience working in interdisciplinary teams. Prior experience in aging research is ideal, but not required.

Individual Behavioral Processes Branch Program Officer Positions (GS-12/13/14; non-supervisory GS-15). Interested parties should contact Janine Simmons (

  • Program Officer: Digital Health and Technology Solutions — The successful candidate will support innovative research on digital health technologies and AI-based tools to promote adaptive and successful aging. The candidate will have responsibility for developing aging and Alzheimer’s-related research in areas such as mobile health (mHealth), passive sensing and ecological momentary assessment via wearables, affective computing, ubiquitous computing, health information technology, telemedicine, and the development of just-in-time adaptive behavioral interventions. Research goals include the integration of behavioral, environmental, and biological data, as well as the promotion of health equity through the development of tools for use in diverse settings.
  • Program Officer: Psychobiology and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease — The successful candidate will develop a portfolio of life-span biobehavioral research on developmental origins of health and disease and behavioral approaches to geroscience. Topics for development include: elucidating factors that influence the pace of aging; identifying potential biobehavioral, psychological, interpersonal, and social targets for innovative interventions to slow aging and promote stress resilience; advancing understanding of the biobehavioral phenotypes and mechanisms associated with receptivity to behavioral change; clarifying factors that promote acceptability of treatments across disparate populations. Relevant expertise may include, but is not limited to behavioral and psychosomatic medicine, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, and/or developmental psychiatry.

Population and Social Processes Branch Program Officer Positions (GS-12/13/14; non-supervisory GS-15). Interested parties should contact John W. R. Phillips (

  • Program Officer: Health Systems and Health Economics — The successful candidate will have responsibility for developing and managing a portfolio of research grants on exploring the influence of health systems on care for older populations that features research utilizing large administrative data sets and quasi-experimental techniques, as well as pragmatic trials and field experiments utilizing behavioral economic approaches to produce efficient improvements in care. Successful candidates will also initiate research in other areas of the economics of aging including how economic factors (e.g., taxes, prices, economic shocks, etc.) affect health and well-being, health-related behaviors, healthcare utilization, socioeconomic disparities, and responses to public health interventions.

Office of Data Resources and Analytics Program Officer Position (GS-12/13/14).

  • Program Officer, BSR Office of Data Resources and Analytics (ODRA) — 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 successful candidate will support a wide range of linkage and sharing initiatives, 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. Activities would include outreach, training, initiative development, and maintenance of web-based resources to support data-driven BSR science. The candidate will also manage a portfolio of research in one of BSR’s aging and/or Alzheimer’s-related areas of emphasis, related to ODRA activities, and within his/her area of expertise.


Interested candidates who wish to be considered for any of these positions are encouraged to send a CV and a sample publication to Please specify which position you are interested in being considered for.

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