Program Director, Parkinson’s Disease

Division of Neuroscience

NINDS is seeking qualified candidates to fill one or more vacancies as a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director/Program Officer) to provide scientific and technical leadership and guidance related to the planning, development, and implementation of extramural research on Parkinson’s Disease and related disorders. Individuals with broad expertise in basic or applied research related to Parkinson’s disease or related conditions are encouraged to apply. 

The successful candidate will work with NIH extramural staff and investigators to oversee a portfolio of research grants, cooperative agreements and/or contracts to support basic and applied research on Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. The candidate will provide leadership and scientific expertise to interdisciplinary initiatives related Parkinson’s Disease, by soliciting input from and working with NINDS and NIH colleagues, staff from other federal agencies, and stakeholders from the private sector and nonprofit organizations. The candidate will demonstrate expert oral and written communication skills to advise on the status of progress and emerging directions of these initiatives to NINDS and NIH leadership. 


NINDS  is seeking candidates with:

  • A doctoral degree and post-doctoral training are strongly preferred.
  • Expertise in research towards understanding Parkinson's disease or related disorders. 
  • Ideal candidates will have an outstanding record of research accomplishments in Parkinson's disease and/or related neurodegenerative disorders.
  • 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 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 including Neuroscience, Clinical Research and Translational Research

Located within the Division of Neuroscience (DON), the Movement Disorders and Neurodegeneration (MDN) cluster provides oversight of grants focused on Parkinson's disease and related synucleinopathies, as well as movement disorders including dystonia and essential tremor. Program Directors in the MDN 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 Beth-Anne Sieber, Ph.D.:

  • A current CV and letter of introduction describing relevant experience and interest in this position.
  • Apply through relevant Health Scientist Administrator (HSA) opportunities on USAJOBS, which will be posted below as available.

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 (HSA) announcement (GS-13/14 and GS-15 Non-Supervisory position) on the website USAJOBS. Please address the required qualifications in the announcements in order to be successfully considered for this position. 

To apply for this position via future Global Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcements, please monitor the NIH Global Recruitment webpage. When new announcements are available, updated USAJOBS links will be posted below. 

Related Information

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

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 Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)

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Salary and Benefits

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).  

Equal Opportunity Employment

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


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