Program Director, Basic Neuroscience

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Division of Neuroscience

The NINDS is seeking a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director) in the Neurogenetics Cluster.  This individual will manage/co-manage a portfolio of research grants, cooperative agreements and/or contractors to support this area of neuroscience research.  Individuals will oversee extramural activities in early neuronal specification, glial biology, dendrite and axon development, myelination, neuron-glia interactions, cell maturation and differentiation, and signaling pathways for synapse formation and refinement.

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 NeuroscienceClinical Research and Translational Research.

Located within the Division of Neuroscience, the Neurogenetics Cluster provides oversight of grants focused on understanding the role of genetics and genomics in normal development and function of neurons and glia; clarifying how genetic mutations impact neurological function; and developing treatments for various neurodevelopmental, neuromuscular, metabolic, and rare diseases and disorders. Program Directors in this Cluster work closely with colleagues in other NINDS Divisions and NIH Institutes to provide oversight and expertise on grants and contracts relevant to the research focus of the Cluster.

Qualifications:   NINDS is seeking candidates with a doctoral degree and post-doctoral training, with expertise in research towards understanding the fundamental principles of neurobiology, glial biology, and/or nervous system development. 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.

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). 

For Questions about the Position: Interested candidates should send a current CV and letter of introduction describing experience and interest in this position to Dr. Jill Morris. 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 (Program Officer) announcement (GS-13/14 and Non-Supervisory GS-15 position) on the website USAJOBS.  

A Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcements is now live on USAJobs from January 18 to January 27, 2023.  Please make sure to apply to the correct link(s) below to be considered.  

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All information provided by candidates will remain strictly confidential and will not be released outside the search process without a signed release from candidates. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  

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