Program Director, Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID)

Division of Neuroscience

NINDS is seeking a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director) with expertise in Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID). 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 this scientific area.  This is one of the officially recognized Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) 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 NIH Institutes to provide oversight and expertise on grants and contracts relevant to the research focus of the Cluster. 


NINDS is seeking candidates with expertise in research towards understanding VCID and related topics such as AD/ADRD, cerebrovascular disease including stroke, neurodegenerative processes, and cognitive decline. The NINDS VCID research portfolio overall includes basic disease-related research, translational research, clinical research, and clinical trials.   The NDG VICD Program Director will focus directly on basic disease-related research and will also play an important role and collaborate with colleagues across the NINDS on other aspects of the NINDS VCID research portfolio. 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 are 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).  

**Interested candidates should send a current CV and letter of introduction describing experience and interest in this position to Dr. Roderick Corriveau. 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 May 15, 2022 to May 24, 2022. The application links are below.  Another Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcement dedicated to NINDS Program Director career opportunities will also be launching in July.

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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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