Program Director, Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

Submitted by on Tue, 09/20/2022 - 18:09

Job Contact:

Amelie Gubitz, Ph.D.


Division of Neuroscience

NINDS is seeking a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director) with expertise in frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The successful candidate will work with NIH staff and investigators and manage a portfolio of research grants, cooperative agreements and/or contracts to strengthen programs in FTD as well as in closely related scientific areas including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  FTD is one of the officially recognized Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRDs) in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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 Offices, as well as across NIH Institutes and Centers to oversee grants relevant to the research focus of the Cluster. 


NINDS is seeking candidates with expertise in research towards understanding FTD disorders including FTD itself as well as progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal syndrome, primary progressive palsy, and closely related diseases along the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias spectrum as well as ALS.  The NINDS FTD portfolio covers research along the ALS/FTD continuum, and includes basic disease-related research, translational research, and clinical research including clinical trials. The NDG FTD Program Director will focus on basic-disease related research and will also closely collaborate with colleagues across NINDS on other aspects of the NINDS FTD portfolio. Applicants must demonstrate that they have worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical or health-related research and/or served effectively in research program administration in these fields. 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 Non-Supervisory 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).  

**Interested candidates should send a current CV and letter of introduction describing experience and interest in this position to Dr. Amelie Gubitz (

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 and Non-Supervisory GS-15 position) on the website USAJOBS. A Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcement will launch from September 21, 2022 to September 30, 2022. The USAJobs are below:

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