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Health Scientist Administrator

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces an exciting opportunity for a Health Science Administrator (Program Director) in the area of adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases.   As a candidate for this position, you will have a strong background in areas involving the study of mechanisms and pathways associated with neurodegenerative disorders, neurobiology/neuroscience, molecular and systems biology, neurophysiology or related basic science.  As a candidate, you may also have expertise in translational research, genetics, biomarkers, omic-technologies, clinical trials, or stem cell biology.  The Neurodegeneration program currently covers disease-related research grants in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, dystonia, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, hereditary spastic parapalegia, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, vascular dementias, and X-linked spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy.  To learn more about the diseases and research covered by NINDS in adult-onset neurodegenerative disease, please visit the following website

A successful candidate will manage a NINDS grant and cooperative agreement portfolio, so experience in writing and successfully competing for grant applications will be an asset for this position.  The ability to communicate scientific findings to the broader research community will be demonstrated in publications, presentations at major scientific meetings, community outreach and teaching at an undergraduate or graduate school level.  Based on this experience, successful candidates will have excellent communication skills and be able to assist and guide investigators across academia, biotech/pharma, and patient advocacy groups in how to capitalize on NIH funding opportunities.  

Besides an overall enthusiasm and love for science and technologies that  drive innovation, NINDS is particularly interested in individuals with a broad and current understanding of the critical scientific questions and opportunities related to neurological disorders at either basic, translational, and/or clinical stages of research.   Health Science Administrators at NINDS participate on committees and working groups, both within NINDS and more broadly across the NIH and elsewhere, and play leadership roles in stimulating and supporting new areas of research and discovery. To meet these challenges a successful candidate should have demonstrated leadership experience.  This leadership experience could be as an independently funded principal investigator, experienced scientific mentor, committee chairman, workshop leader, or through other activities that demonstrate oversight and accomplishment. 

As a Health Science Administrator, you will have the opportunity to see a broad spectrum of science and work with innovators and leaders in neuroscience research.  If you are looking for a challenge in a stimulating environment, then please submit your online application to  Please note that the job vacancy announcements will only be live from August 22, 2014 to August 28, 2014.

Job vacancy announcement titles and #s;

Health Science Administrator (Program Director), GS-0601-13/14, NIH-NINDS-DE-14-1194552

Health Science Administrator (Program Director), GS-0601-13/14, NIH-NINDS-MP-14-1195359

A successful candidate for this position will have an advanced scientific degree (e.g., PhD or MD) preferred in life sciences, chemistry or related field; proven leadership and management skills, excellent communication practices (oral and written), expertise in negotiation and facilitation, and proven ability to interact effectively with senior management, in public forums and within project teams. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The NINDS is one of the Institutes of the National Institutes of Health, a component of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Last Modified August 22, 2014