Health Program Specialist, Neurotechnology and Integrated Systems Cluster

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NIH BRAIN Initiative

The BRAIN Initiative began in 2014 to accelerate development and application of innovative neurotechnologies and lead to new ways to treat and prevent brain disorders.  The major goals of this cluster are to manage research projects funded by the BRAIN Initiative, focusing on the development and dissemination of technologies for mapping brain circuits, monitoring and manipulating their activity, and understanding their contributions to complex behaviors.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, coordinate, and screen proposed projects for their interest and appropriateness for extramural grant programs at NINDS.
  • Provide scientific support in planning, coordination, evaluation and communication of research in neuroscience and neurology to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Conceive, design and perform detailed analysis of scientific and/or administrative factors affecting research program priorities and performance in the areas of specialty.
  • Serve as representative on committees and working groups, focusing on areas of programmatic expertise.
  • Evaluate grant program supported by NINDS by tracking applications, success rates, activities and spending of grant recipients to inform future funding and policy decisions.
  • Prepare and make oral presentations to NINDS leadership and staff, NIH staff and the extramural community.
  • Provide guidance to grantees on their research objectives, funding opportunity requirements, compliance documentation and safety monitoring plans.
  • Work with Program Directors to ensure that tasks relevant to the scientific administration of assigned grants are performed accurately and in a timely fashion.


  • This is a Federal GS-11, GS-12 or GS-13 position located in Montgomery County MD. Level is based upon individual qualifications and professional experience.
  • The successful candidate should demonstrate expertise, experience and/or educational background in neuroscience or related discipline. A PhD or postdoc is not required but is generally preferred.
  • A full benefits package is available, which includes Thrift Savings Plan participation, health, life and long-term care insurance.

How to Apply

  • Applications will be accepted via upcoming job announcements for “Health Specialist” or “Health Program Specialist” on  Please bookmark this page to receive updates for any upcoming announcements.
  • Applicants may target a specific team(s) in their cover letter. Please note that while a match between an applicant’s scientific background and the team they would join is generally preferred, it is not required.
  • If you are currently a Federal employee or work in NIH Intramural, detail opportunities are available.
  • Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.
  • Interested candidates should send their resume to Ling Wong, PhD.

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.  

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