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Epidemiology Research: Health Scientist Administrator

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research (DESPR) is currently recruiting for a Health Scientist Administrator (HSA) in the Epidemiology Research Branch. The incumbent in this position will provide leadership and direction for a research program of national and international scope, and will perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities relating to the administration of a large grant portfolio involving epidemiologic studies, with a particular focus in the area of nicotine/tobacco research, among others.  The HSA will assist in the administration of the FDA-funded Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study contract, including representing NIDA on PATH Study working groups.


  • administering a large research grants program in epidemiology with some focus on nicotine/tobacco research among other programmatic priority areas to be determined;
  • acquiring and maintaining a Level III COR certification;
  • analyzing PATH Study data and writing papers relevant to NIDA’s mission;
  • providing advice in program planning, solicitation, and evaluation to perform day-to-day administrative functions related to research grants and interagency agreements supporting research projects;
  • evaluating the availability and level of resources that can be applied to program area needs;   
  • stimulating interest in projects and special activities through communication with the scientific community;
  • managing extramural research and research training programs, and identifying research areas warranting either increased or decreased funding emphasis;
  • developing requests for applications (RFAs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) designed to elicit research grant and contract proposals from the scientific community;
  • providing technical assistance to applicants and grantees;
  • conducting site visits to applicant and grantee institutions to determine the adequacy of research and training facilities;
  • serving as spokesperson for agency programs to the scientific community, the Congress, and other Federal agencies.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and/or background in epidemiologic research and nicotine/tobacco research is beneficial as the incumbent will be responsible for this evolving portfolio.
  • The ideal candidate will possess a MD, PhD, or doctoral equivalent in social or clinical science (e.g., Epidemiology, Psychology, Psychiatry, Health Policy, Biostatistics, Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology) and demonstrate successful experience in research or research management. Candidates must be US citizens.
  • Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience; excellent benefits are offered. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. The position will be posted at the GS-13/14 federal government salary grade, with an annual salary range of $96,970 to $148,967. Physicians may also be eligible for an additional comparability allowance.


NIH will be accepting applications for Health Scientist Administrator positions though a global vacancy announcement, meaning it will not be a targeted announcement specific to this position, to be posted from January 21, 2020 through January 30, 2020. Vacancy Announcement Links

Additional information can also be found on the NIH Jobs page: https://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment/. Please note that (a) you can create saved searches to alert you to when job announcements become available on the USA Jobs website and (b) there will be two announcements--one for applicants who are currently federal employees and one for those who are NOT currently federal employees. Anyone interested in either position should contact Dr. Marsha Lopez, DESPR.