Multiple Positions in the Division of Neuroscience, National Institute on Aging

The work site is the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
May 18, 2021
Jun 16, 2021
Position Type
Full Time

The Division of Neuroscience (DN) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is planning to recruit  Health Science Administrators (Program Officers) and Health Specialists in multiple branches 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. The NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging, and to extend the healthy, active years of life.  With a current budget of $3.5 billion, the Institute has recently undergone an unprecedented growth, and with this growth there is a significantly enhanced volume of scientific activity and opportunities to expand the accomplishments to communicate to key audiences.   

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. 

Program Officers are expected to develop a portfolio and work collaboratively across the Division, Institute, and NIH. They will possess a doctoral degree, have experience in conducting biomedical or bioengineering research and/or grants management in biomedical or bioengineering research. A background in neuroscience is expected, and expertise related to aging is preferred but not required. 

Health Specialists play an essential role in assisting with the administration of research grants and contracts, and to help foster and evaluate critical, new opportunities to extend the NIA’s impact on the health of older adults.  Health Specialists provide support in research resource management, technical administration, and programmatic evaluation of research grants and contracts.  Health Specialist candidates must have graduate-level training (e.g., a Ph.D., M.D., M.S., MPH) with a background in neuroscience. Expertise related to aging is preferred but not required.

The Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience Branch seeks a Health Specialist to support oversight and development of research programs in neurobiology of age-related cognitive decline and impairment, motor, sensory, and affective function with an emphasis on reserve and resilience in these domains.  The Health Specialist will  work collaboratively with other Offices and Divisions across NIA to assist with coordination of research programs. 

The Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegeneration Branch seeks Program Officers and a Health Specialist to support the expanding research portfolios in basic science of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease.  Program Officers will manage and develop research programs supported by the branch, such as the hallmarks and mechanisms of brain aging; selective cell and circuit vulnerability and plasticity in aging and AD/ADRD; and induced cell reprogramming, as well as participate in trans-NIH programs.  Health Specialist will support branch activities, including training activities  and trans-NIH neuroscience programs, such as the BRAIN Initiative, Neuroscience Blueprint (BP) for Research, and  Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) Program.   

The Population Studies and Genetics Branch seeks a Program Officer and Health Specialists to support the rapidly expanding epidemiological and genomics portfolio. The Program Officer will develop and coordinate a large complex portfolio within the Genetics program, which includes a growing number of cooperative agreements. The 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. 

The Translational Research Branch seeks Program Officers and Health Specialists to provide oversight, support 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.

The Clinical Interventions and Diagnostics Branch  seeks Program Officers and Health Specialist to support the rapidly expanding clinical trials and biomarkers portfolios. The branch supports research spanning the development and evaluation of AD/ADRD biomarkers/diagnostics (fluid, imaging, digital, cognitive) and pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for the treatment and prevention of AD and related dementias.  It also includes the network of AD research centers and open-science-based infrastructure programs and initiatives for biomarker and therapy development.  Program Officers will manage and develop research programs in the areas of clinical therapy development for AD/ADRD and biomarkers for AD/ADRD.  Health Specialist will be responsible for providing support and oversight of the biomarker and therapy development portfolios. 

The Office for Strategic Development and Partnerships coordinates scientific activities and reporting across the Division and seeks Program Officers and Health Specialists to manage and oversee key Division-wide initiatives and resources, such as the NIA Global Unique Identifier (GUID) and NIH NeuroBioBank. Health Specialists will be responsible for managing and oversight of the Division's logistics contracts for all scientific meetings and workshops.  

For additional information about these positions, please contact Madison Jezioro at with a resume and letter of interest. Please specify which position(s) you are interested in being considered for.

The work site is the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland.  The physical office is located in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. NIA is a telework-friendly environment and offers a variety of workplace flexibility options. Currently NIA is operating under emergency telework operating status due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits will be provided.  All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.  

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

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