Health Scientist Administrator, PSPP, HEAL Initiative

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and the nervous system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Preclinical Screening Platform for Pain (PSPP) is a NINDS/NIH-funded, preclinical screening program with a mission to facilitate the discovery of new non-opioid, non-additive therapeutic agents addressing unmet medical needs in pain. The PSPP is part of the NINDS Division of Translational Research (DTR) which has a mission to facilitate the discovery and development of new therapeutic interventions for neurological disorders.  To achieve this goal NINDS is seeking a creative Health Science Administrator for the PSPP program.

The Health Science Administrator within PSPP will be responsible for managing a portfolio of preclinical projects and will work with external participants and contractors to evaluate test candidates (small molecules, biologics including gene therapies, natural products or devices) in a suite of relevant assays, including in vitro assays, pharmacokinetics, side effect profile, analgesic efficacy, addictive potential, and other non-behavioral in vivo endpoints.  A background in neuroscience and in vivo experience is required. Drug discovery and development/pharmacology /industry experience would be highly desirable.

The position will be filled under a Title 5 GS-601-13/14/15 appointment. Prospective candidates with a PhD is preferred, or s/he must demonstrate equivalent experience to be considered. 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).

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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 position or Non-Supervisory GS-15 position) on the website USAJOBS

An upcoming GS-13/14 and Non-Supervisory GS-15 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcement will launch on May 16 to May 26, 2022.  Please use the USAJobs announcement links below to apply:

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Those not familiar with USAJobs are encouraged to explore the website in advance of the announcement opening.  Questions about this position may be directed to:

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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