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). 


NINDS is seeking candidates with:

  • A doctoral degree and post-doctoral training are strongly preferred.
  • Expertise in research towards understanding VCID and related topics such as AD/ADRD, cerebrovascular disease including stroke, neurodegenerative processes, and cognitive decline.
  • 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 of Neuroscience, Clinical Research and Translational Research

Located within the Division of Neuroscience, the Neurodegeneration, Dementia, & Repeat Expansion Disorders (NDR) 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 NDR 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. 

The NINDS VCID research portfolio overall includes basic disease-related research, translational research, clinical research, and clinical trials.   The NDR VCID 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. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send the following to Dr. Roderick Corriveau:

  • 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 announcement (GS-13/14 and GS-15 Non-Supervisory position) on the website USAJOBS.

Global Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcements will be launching in May 2024 for which the announcement links will be provided.  Please make sure to address the required qualifications that are listed in the previous announcements provided below 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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