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Chemistry and Pharmaceutics: Health Scientist Administrator/Chemist

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences (DTMC), Chemistry and Pharmaceutics Branch supports and conducts studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new pharmacotherapies, behavioral therapies, devices, and digital therapeutics to treat Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). DTMC supports research and development, through peer-reviewed grants and contracts, for all stages of the medication development process including synthesis and preclinical evaluation of potential therapeutics, clinical trial design and execution, and preparing regulatory submissions.


  • The incumbent is responsible for managing a research program of grants and contracts evaluating chemical design, synthesis, metabolism, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic, and biopharmaceutics related to the discovery and development of new medications for drug abuse treatment research.
  • The incumbent is also responsible for key aspects of the research and production of new novel chemical compounds with potential for drug abuse treatment.
  • He or she will establish and maintain liaison with prominent members of the scientific community to continually evaluate the adequacy of pharmaceutical research in the area of SUD and initiate efforts to direct research to underrepresented areas in the field.

Candidate Qualifications

This is a Federal GS-13/14 position located in Montgomery County MD. The candidate will have a Ph. D in a relevant discipline, and salary will be commensurate with experience. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life, and long-term care insurance, as well as Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available. DHHS, NIH, and NIDA ARE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS. Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.


Additional information can also be found on the NIH Jobs page: https://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment/. Please note that (a) you can also create saved searches to alert you to when job announcements become available on the USA Jobs website.  Anyone interested should contact Dr. Rik Kline, 301-827-5243.