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Clinical Grants Research: Health Scientist Administrator

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences (DTMC), Clinical Research Grants Branch (CRGB) 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 providing technical leadership and guidance for the development of new interventions, including helping lead the therapeutics development research program that ranges from preclinical models through to clinical testing in Phase I, Phase II and Phase III trials.
  • The position includes leading a portfolio of grants and contracts, identifying major areas of program development, evaluating research results, and representing NIDA and the NIH at scientific meetings and regulatory agencies to assure the advancement of treatments for SUDs.

Candidate Qualifications

This is a Federal GS-14 position located in Montgomery County MD. The preferred candidate will have experience with clinical studies involving SUD treatment as well as experience in behavioral therapies as many SUD treatments involve behavioral interventions. Primary areas of focus include: evaluation of therapeutics to prevent the initiation and progression of SUDs, critically assessing the field to identify gaps in research, promoting high-quality research, and identifying new areas of therapeutic research that advance NIDA’s mission.

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. Kevin Walton, 301-827-5980.