Program Director, Parkinson’s Disease

NINDS is seeking a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director) to provide scientific and technical leadership and guidance related to the planning, development, and implementation of research on Parkinsons’ Disease. Specifically, this individual will oversee and strengthen programs elucidating the heterogeneity and mechanisms of pathogenesis in Parkinson’s disease and related disorders utilizing multi-omic approaches including genetics, genomics, epigenetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and integration with clinical and pathological data. This individual will also lead NINDS’s involvement in the public-private Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Parkinson’s Disease (AMP PD) Program. 

The successful candidate will work with NIH staff and investigators and manage a portfolio of research grants, cooperative agreements and/or contracts to support clinical -omics studies of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. The candidate will provide leadership and scientific expertise to interdisciplinary initiatives related Parkinson’s Disease, working with NINDS and NIH colleagues, staff from other agencies, and stakeholders from the private sector and nonprofit organizations. The candidate will demonstrate expert oral and written communication skills to advise on the status of progress and emerging directions of these initiatives to NINDS and NIH leadership. 

The NINDS is a leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and the nervous system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NINDS provides funding and resources for basic, translational and clinical research through various funding opportunities within the three Divisions of Neuroscience, Clinical Research and Translational Research

Located within the Division of Neuroscience, the Neurodegeneration (NDG) Cluster provides oversight of grants focused on juvenile- and adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders to identify neurobiological processes that, when disrupted, play a role in neuronal dysfunction, circuit alteration and degeneration. Supported research defines contributions of neurons as well as non-neuronal cells and systems, including the vasculature, to the biology of neurodegeneration. Program Directors in the NDG Cluster work closely with colleagues in other NINDS Divisions and NIH Institutes to oversight and expertise on grants and contracts relevant to the research focus of the Cluster. 


NINDS is seeking candidates  with expertise in research towards understanding Parkinson’s disease or related disorders. Applicants must demonstrate that they have worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical behavioral health, or health-related research and/or served effectively in research program administration in these fields. Ideal candidates will have an outstanding record of research accomplishments and experience with clinical- and/or diverse population-based observational studies through multi-omic approaches including data science, precision medicine, and/or clinical informatics.  Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with industry standard tools and analytical pipelines for omics data.  Candidates with a doctoral degree and post-doctoral training are strongly preferred. 

The position will be filled under a Title 5 GS-601-13/14 or GS-15 appointment. 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 should send a current CV and letter of introduction describing experience and interest in this position to Dr. Christine Swanson-Fischer ( Application materials will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  

Who May Apply:  
You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to be considered for this position. Foreign nationals or legal permanent residents are not eligible for consideration.  Selection for this position is dependent upon successful referral from a Health Scientist Administrator announcement (GS-13/14/15 position) on the website USAJOBS. There is a Global HSA Announcement open from May 16 to May 26, 2022 to which the links are below.  

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