Health Scientist Administrator

Rockville, Maryland
Salary Commensurate with Experience
May 14, 2020
Jun 13, 2020
Job Function
Position Type
Full Time
Mid Level

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and the nervous system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Preclinical Screening Platform for Pain (PSPP) is a NINDS/NIH-funded, preclinical screening program with a mission to facilitate the discovery of new non-opioid, non-additive therapeutic agents addressing unmet medical needs in pain. The PSPP is part of the NINDS Division of Translational Research (DTR) which has a mission to facilitate the discovery and development of new therapeutic interventions for neurological disorders.  To achieve this goal NINDS is seeking a creative Health Science Administrator for the PSPP program. 

The Health Science Administrator within PSPP will be responsible for managing a portfolio of preclinical projects and will work with external participants and contractors to evaluate test candidates (small molecules, biologics including gene therapies, natural products or devices) in a suite of relevant assays, including in vitro assays, pharmacokinetics, side effect profile, analgesic efficacy, addictive potential, and other non-behavioral in vivo endpoints.  A background in neuroscience and in vivo experience is required. Drug discovery and development/pharmacology /industry experience would be highly desirable.




The position will be filled under a Title 5 GS-601-13/14 appointment. Having a Ph.D. is a requirement for the position. Salary is commensurate with the experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and savings plan (401K equivalent).



How to Apply:  Interested candidates must apply by responding to a Global Health Scientist Administrator announcement (GS-13/14 position) which will be posted on the website USAJOBS (  on May 18, 2020 and will remain open for ten days before closing. Those not familiar with USAJOBS are encouraged to explore the website in advance of the announcement opening.  Please select “Program Officer” as one of the specialties you want to be considered when you apply.  Questions about this position may be directed to: