Program Director, Systems & Computational Neuroscience

Submitted by on Thu, 09/01/2022 - 13:48

Job Contact:

Yejun (Janet) He, Ph.D.


Division of Neuroscience

NINDS is seeking a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director) with expertise in Systems and Computational Neuroscience. The successful candidate will work with NIH staff and investigators and manage a portfolio of research grants, cooperative agreements and/or contracts to support basic, translational, and clinical research in quantitative and systems functions of the nervous system in species from invertebrates to humans.  

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 Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience (SCN) Cluster provides oversight of grants focused on the integrated functioning of neural circuits and systems that support higher brain functions. Supported topics include complex behavioral phenomena such as learning, memory, attention, language, cognition, sensation, and perception; motor control and complex behaviors; homeostatic regulation of cyclic and appetitive behaviors such as sleep, activity, feeding, and drinking; analysis of neural circuits and systems; peripheral and central mechanisms of pain, pain perception, and development of strategies to alleviate chronic pain. Program Directors in the SCN 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 functional studies of the nervous system.  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 (neuroscience, biology or medicine and quantitative training in modeling, computer science, physics, or systems/biomedical engineering) 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. Yejun (Janet) He ( 

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:

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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