Program Director, Neurodevelopment

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 a broad portfolio of basic neuroscience and disease-related research in neurodevelopmental disorders.  The basic research portfolio includes the role of neurotrophic signaling mechanisms, and transcriptional and translational regulation in neurodevelopment.

The disease-related research portfolio includes basic, translational, and clinical research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, including tuberous sclerosis complex, Rett Syndrome, CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder, Fragile X Syndrome, Phelan McDermid Syndrome, and other rare, genetic forms of ASD. 


NINDS is seeking candidates with:

  • A doctoral degree and post-doctoral training
  • 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.

Candidates should have expertise in basic neurodevelopment and one or more of the neurodevelopmental disorders in the portfolio.

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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send the following to Dr. Robert Riddle

  • Current CV
  • Letter of introduction describing experience and interest in this position

Application materials will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  

Additional Application Information

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

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.

Global Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcements will be launching from September 18, 2023 to September 27, 2023.  The links are listed below.  Please make sure to address the required qualifications that are listed in the announcements in order to be successfully considered for this position.

Related Information

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

 Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)

Salary and Benefits

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). 

Equal Opportunity Employment

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


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