Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director), Pain

NIH HEAL Initiative

NINDS is seeking a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director) with expertise in pain. 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 pain. This individual would also support aspects of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term℠ (HEAL) Initiative portfolio. 


  • A doctoral degree and post-doctoral training are strongly preferred.
  • Expertise in research towards understanding pain.
  •  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 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. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send the following to Dr. Michael Oshinsky and Dr. Yejun (Janet) He

  • 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.  All information provided by candidates will remain strictly confidential and will not be released outside the search process without a signed release from candidates.

Additional Application Information  

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.

Related Information

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 to apply.  


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