Health Program Specialist, Neuroscience

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Division of Neuroscience

Location: Montgomery County, MD

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is seeking to hire Health Program Specialists


  • Demonstrate expertise, experience and/or educational background in neuroscience or related discipline.
  • A PhD or postdoc is not required but is generally preferred.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Plan, coordinate, and screen proposed projects for their interest and appropriateness for extramural grant programs at NINDS.
  • Provide scientific support in planning, coordination, evaluation and communication of research in neuroscience and neurology to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Conceive, design and perform detailed analysis of scientific and/or administrative factors affecting research program priorities and performance in the areas of specialty.
  • Serve as representative on committees and working groups, focusing on areas of programmatic expertise.
  • Evaluate grant program supported by NINDS by tracking applications, success rates, activities and spending of grant recipients to inform future funding and policy decisions.
  • Prepare and make oral presentations to NINDS leadership and staff, NIH staff and the extramural community.
  • Provide guidance to grantees on their research objectives, funding opportunity requirements, compliance documentation and safety monitoring plans.
  • Work with Program Directors to ensure that tasks relevant to the scientific administration of assigned grants are performed accurately and in a timely fashion.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their resume to Ling Wong, PhD.

  • Applications will be accepted via upcoming job announcements for "Scientific Program Specialist", "Scientific Program Analyst", “Health Specialist” or “Health Program Specialist” GS-601-11/12/13 on 
  • Applicants may target a specific team(s) in their cover letter. Please note that while a match between an applicant’s scientific background and the team they would join is generally preferred, it is not required.
  • If you are currently a Federal employee or work in NIH Intramural, detail opportunities are available.
  • Several vacancies are available at any given time.
  • Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Additional Application Information

We have many Health Program Specialist positions across the Division of Neuroscience and are regularly recruiting to remain fully staffed. Visit our page to learn more about what we do and the various teams you could join. 

All information provided by candidates will remain strictly confidential and will not be released outside the search process without a signed release from candidates. 

Related Information

Salary and Benefits

This is a Federal GS-11, GS-12 or GS-13 position located in Montgomery County MD. Level is based upon individual qualifications and professional experience. A full benefits package is available, which includes Thrift Savings Plan participation, health, life and long-term care insurance.

Equal Opportunity Employment

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. 


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