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Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director) for Pain and Natural Product Clinical Research

Application Deadline: 
July 15, 2019

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Division of Extramural Research announces an opening for a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director) position to guide and manage a grants program supporting clinical research on complementary and integrative health approaches. The Program Director will support exciting new efforts related to the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative. The Program Director will manage a portfolio of clinical grants including HEAL-funded projects focused on pragmatic clinical trials to improve pain management, and clinical trials of behavioral interventions to improve adherence to medications for opioid use disorder treatment. In addition, the Program Director’s portfolio will include awards for clinical trials of natural products including botanicals, vitamins, and dietary supplements. This position provides an opportunity to impact priorities and develop new research initiatives.

Individuals who have experience conducting or overseeing clinical trials from early-phase studies to large-scale pragmatic designs; knowledge and understanding of U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory requirements for trials, such as Investigational New Drug applications or Investigational Device Exemptions; 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 administering and managing an extramural portfolio of research grants; interacting with researchers and program officers for related programs at NCCIH, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other funding agencies; developing new research initiatives; and speaking and representing NCCIH at national and international meetings as well as with the general public and the media.

This position requires working both independently and collaboratively. The Program Director 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 Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university, including acceptance of the dissertation, 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 Scientist Administrator 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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