Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Division Announcements

The Division of Neuroscience is hiring!

The Division of Neuroscience (DN) at NIA is planning to recruit for several positions within the Division. DN offers a fast-paced, collegial work environment in support of cutting-edge research and advances in all areas related to brain aging and behavior, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease related dementias. DN plays a critical role in working across the Federal Government and with other partners to prioritize and implement the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. The 2021 NIH Alzheimer's Research Summit: Path to Precision Medicine for Treatment and Prevention highlighted important opportunities and challenges for our work.

DN supports research and training to further the understanding of neural and behavioral processes associated with the aging brain. Areas of special emphasis include brain-behavior relationships and how the processes of aging and age-related cognitive decline intersect with the development of AD and other dementias of aging. An important component is the support of basic, clinical, and epidemiological studies of AD and related dementias of aging, including development of improved biomarkers and development of new therapies. The basic theme throughout the division is to understand the aging nervous system in order to foster the maintenance of health and improve the quality of life of the older population. Browse positions available within the following branches:

For more information about positions within DN, please contact Maddie Jezioro.

Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch

  • Health Scientist Administrator. A successful candidate will have responsibility to develop and expand Affective Neuroscience program within the branch. Will take responsibility for computational neuroscience research within the branch and to coordinate across the Division and NIA and manage the clinical trial portfolio for age-related decline in cognition.
  • Health Scientist Administrator. A successful candidate will have the responsibility of providing oversight & development of a portion of the Sensory System programs and a of portion of the Cognitive Neuroscience program.
  • Health Specialist. More details will be forthcoming.

Clinical Interventions and Diagnostics Branch

  • Health Specialist. More details forthcoming.
  • Health Scientist Administrator/Program Officer (Two positions available). More details forthcoming.
  • Health Scientist Administrator/Program Officer. The two successful candidates will work closely with Program Officers to support research grants, cooperative agreements, and training awards in the rapidly expanding epidemiological and genomics portfolio. Health Specialists will work closely with Program Officers in the Epidemiology portfolio to support oversight and diversification of the population studies program and with Program Officers within the Genetics portfolio to coordinate Genomic Data Sharing oversight and reporting. Expertise of epidemiological research or of genomic data sharing is desirable.
  • Health Specialist. The successful candidates will work closely with Program Officers to support research grants, cooperative agreements, and training awards in the rapidly expanding clinical trials and biomarkers portfolios. The Health Specialist will be responsible for providing support and oversight of the biomarker and therapy development portfolios. Expertise in biomarker and therapy development or clinical research is desirable.

Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegeneration Branch

  • Health Scientist Administrator/Program Officer (Two positions available). The successful candidates will work as Program Officers to developed research grants, cooperative agreements, and training awards in the rapidly expanding portfolio of grants in neurobiology of aging and neurodegeneration. Specifically, portfolio of research on the genetic, molecular, cellular, physiological mechanisms of normal and pathological brain aging. Expertise in adaptive immunity is desirable.
  • Health Specialist. More details will be forthcoming.

Office of the Division Director

  • Health Specialist/Program Analyst. More details forthcoming.
  • Health Scientist Administrator. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing both the NIA Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease (NIAGADs) Data Access Committee and the NIA dbGaP Data Access Committee, so should have familiarity with NIH policy and operations, particularly Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy. Successful candidates should have knowledge of genetics, epigenetics, and/or functional genomics.  This position will be in a collaborative and agile environment, working closely with the Populations Studies and Genetics Branch of the Division of Neuroscience, but also engaging across the Institute to oversee data access requests and to provide GDS policy expertise in the context of both human and animal studies. This position provides programmatic and scientific expertise in support of the Division of Neuroscience’s Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics program, which includes the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Program (ADSP) and the National Institute on Aging Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS). The candidate will be part of a dynamic interdisciplinary team that is working to diversify the Division’s epidemiology cohorts and associated genomics analysis.

Office of Strategic Development and Partnerships

  • Health Specialist/Program Analyst. A successful candidate will provide project management for a number of Division-wide activities, resources and logistics contracts for scientific meetings and workshops. 
  • Health Specialist. The successful candidate will work closely with Program Officers to support research grants, cooperative agreements, and training awards in the rapidly expanding clinical trials and biomarkers portfolios. The Health Specialist will be responsible for providing support and oversight of the biomarker and therapy development portfolios. Expertise in biomarker and therapy development or clinical research is desirable.

Population Studies and Genetics Branch

  • Program Analyst/Health Specialist. A successful candidate will work closely with Program Officers to support research grants, cooperative agreements, and training awards in the rapidly expanding epidemiological and genomics portfolio. Health Specialists will work closely with Program Officers in the Epidemiology portfolio to support oversight and diversification of the population studies program and with Program Officers within the Genetics portfolio to coordinate Genomic Data Sharing oversight and reporting. Expertise of epidemiological research or of genomic data sharing is desirable.
  • Health Scientist Administrator/Program Officer. The Population Studies portfolio, within the Population Studies and Genetics Branch embraces research that examines the trajectory of cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD). This may include direct measurements of morbidity levels in general populations and race/ethnic subpopulations; and identification of potential risk and protective factors through longitudinal studies using biospecimens (e.g., blood, cerebrospinal fluid, central nervous system tissues), neuroimaging, and medical history data to better understand the etiology of MCI/AD/ADRD.  Successful candidates will be responsible for managing a portfolio of grants in the scientific area described above.  Additional responsibilities include identifying opportunities for scientific growth; recognizing important gaps in knowledge, relevant program needs, and scientific opportunities to address each. The successful candidate will make recommendations for new research efforts and/or other initiatives and provide expert advice relating to specific proposals in the Population Studies program area.  

Translational Research Branch

  • Health Specialist. The successful candidates will work closely with Program Officers to support research grants, cooperative agreements, and training awards in the rapidly expanding clinical trials and biomarkers portfolios. The Health Specialist will be responsible for providing support and oversight of the biomarker and therapy development portfolios. Expertise in biomarker and therapy development or clinical research is desirable.
  • Health Scientist Administrator. The successful candidates will have responsibility for oversight and continued development of the Division’s drug discovery and preclinical drug development portfolios and translational infrastructure programs. The Branch supports the full spectrum of drug discovery and preclinical drug development from target discovery and validation through securing Investigational New Drug (IND) status for small molecules and biologics aimed at prevention, treatment, and management of individuals with or at-risk for cognitive decline, Alzheimer's disease, and related dementias. In addition, the branch supports the development of translational infrastructure programs that operate under open-source, open-science principles. Central to the mission of the branch is the integration of data science disciplines (such as systems and network biology, systems pharmacology, and translational bioinformatics) with experimental approaches throughout the drug development process, including for the purposes of advancing drug repositioning and combination therapy development. Expertise in developing, leading and overseeing drug discovery and preclinical drug development programs for neurodegenerative disorders.

nia.nih.gov

An official website of the National Institutes of Health