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Health Program Specialist, Clinical Research Branch

Application Deadline: 
July 15, 2019

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Division of Extramural Research announces an opening for a Health Program Specialist position to provide analytic, scientific, and administrative support to NCCIH’s portfolio of clinical grants. The Program Specialist will support exciting new efforts related to the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, including programs focused on pragmatic clinical trials to improve pain management within health care systems, and clinical trials of behavioral interventions to improve adherence to medications for opioid use disorder treatment. The Program Specialist will assist in designing and performing detailed analysis of research program priorities; participate in the development of scientific initiatives and analyzing their success; and facilitating NCCIH grant programs, including assisting in the planning and organization of scientific workshops and investigator meetings.

Individuals who have experience conducting research portfolio or program analysis, working on clinical trials from early-phase studies to large-scale pragmatic designs, and using NIH databases and portfolio analysis tools; excellent administrative coordination skills; workshop and meeting planning experience; and scientific expertise in areas such as pain, substance abuse, complementary or integrative health approaches, and/or natural products are encouraged to apply. General responsibilities will include supporting Clinical Research Branch activities; interacting with researchers and program officers for related programs at NCCIH, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other funding agencies; and speaking and communicating with scientific investigators as well as with the general public and the media.

NCCIH is dedicated to exploring complementary and integrative healing practices in the context of rigorous science; educating and training complementary and integrative health researchers; and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals. The Center studies the integration of complementary treatment, diagnostic, and prevention systems, modalities, and disciplines with the practice of conventional medicine as a complement to such medicine, and the integration of such practices into health care delivery systems within the United States.

This position requires working both independently and collaboratively. The program specialist is expected to work full-time onsite at NCCIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Strong organizational, oral, written, and communication skills are also required. Experience with the grants process is preferable. Salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A full package of Federal Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements. This position is a 5-year limited-term appointment.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a background that is normally obtained by meeting the requirements of an advanced degree such as a master’s degree or Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in an academic field, health profession, or pertinent science allied to clinical research. Additional research experience in the conduct of clinical trials is desirable.
How To Apply
NIH will be accepting applicants for this Health Program Specialist position from July 11 through July 15, 2019. 

Interested individuals must submit an application via USAJOBS for this specific job opening to be considered. For scientific specialties, qualification requirements, evaluation criteria, and application instructions, view the vacancy announcements:

Interested candidates can also send an informational letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae, to Dr. Wendy Weber at Note that submitting this information to Dr. Weber is not sufficient to apply for the position.

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Health and Human Services and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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