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Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research: Health Specialist

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research (DESPR) is currently recruiting for a Health Specialist. The incumbent in this position will provide scientific support to a research program of national and international scope that aims to improve the nation's public health by promoting integrated approaches to understand and address interactions between individuals and environments that contribute to the continuum of problems related to drug use. Be a part of a team that develops scientific knowledge with clear applications to practice and public policy!


  • Participates in planning, coordination, and implementation activities for DESPR research programs and the management and evaluation of our scientific portfolios;
  • Participates in the planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of programs and initiatives within DESPR. The incumbent reviews data and progress reports, and implements corrective actions needed to achieve adequate research progress;
  • Participates in the development of Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, and Requests for Proposals;
  • Monitors the status of project applications and awards from peer review through post-award administration and produces documents and responses to requests for information required. Monitors awards of public health contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements as needed;
  • Carries out assigned segments of more complex studies covering a wide range of topics and assists in the preparation of papers and reports for presentation to professional groups or for publication in professional journals.
  • Assists in the preparation of comprehensive reports of study results that include discussion of substantive health issues and research objectives; assessment of the adequacy and quality of data used in the analyses; and explanation of the methodologies, results, and relevance to health issues as they relate to the public health problem under study.
  • Helps disseminate results of research projects in a wide range of venues including publications, peer reviewed journals, summaries, manuscripts, and special reports.
  • Assists in drafting of technical reports, analyzing data from the studies, and publication of research findings.
  • Uses electronic databases to conduct programmatic analyses and advises program staff on issues related to the program and attends scientific review meetings when needed.
  • Conducts literature searches on relevant scientific areas; tracks and incorporates suggested edits to initiatives;
  • Assists staff with various grants-related administrative activities, including preparing funding plans and gathering necessary supporting documentation from applicants or grantees.
  • Coordinates the compilation and preparation of periodic reports. The incumbent develops a system for tracking recurring requirements and progress toward fulfilling these; assists in preparing written reports pertaining to research progress and performance, or to operational, financial, or other issues; and assists in preparing briefings, presentations and other reports in response to various requests.

Candidate Qualifications

This is a Federal GS-9 or GS-11 position located in Montgomery County MD. Bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. Level is based upon individual qualifications and professional experience. A full benefits package is available, which includes Thrift Savings Plan participation, health, life and long-term care insurance.


We are hoping to fill this position through the NIH/NIDA vacancy announcement and anticipate that the Health Specialist opportunity will likely be posted on/around January 16, 2020 and remain open for 5 days. 

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 and (b) there are 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. Bethany Deeds, Deputy Director, DESPR and inform her of your submission.