Program Director, Neural Environment Cluster

Submitted by on Thu, 09/01/2022 - 13:36

Job Contact:

Francesca Bosetti, Ph.D.


Division of Neuroscience

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is seeking two Health Scientist Administrators (Program Directors) in the Neural Environment Cluster.  Both individuals 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 either: 

  1. Brain tumors and  blood-brain barrier mechanisms.  The successful candidate will work with program staff to strengthen programs in the basic, translational and clinical research of brain tumor and cerebrovascular biology, neurovascular unit, blood brain barrier and CNS drug delivery in health and disease. 
  2. HIV-associated neurological disorders, infectious diseases of the nervous system, neurovirology,  and Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease and other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies; neurological sequelae of SARS-CoV-2.  The successful candidate will work with program staff to strengthen programs in the basic, translational and clinical research of neuroinfectious diseases. 

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 Neural Environment (NET) Cluster provides oversight of grants focused on basic neuroimmunology, neurovirology, neural vascular biology, and the blood brain barrier as well as on basic, translational and clinical research on stroke, multiple sclerosis, CNS and PNS tumors, neuro-AIDS, prion diseases, and CNS infections. Program Directors in the NET 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 expertise in research towards understanding stroke, cerebrovascular biology, brain tumors, or neuroinfectious diseases. 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.  Candidates with a doctoral degree and post-doctoral training is 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. Francesca Bosetti ( ). 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 GS-15 Non-Supervisory 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:

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)

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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