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Health Scientist Administrator (HSA)

Revised September 2018

Position Description

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Office of Translational Initiatives and Program Innovations (OTIPI) is currently recruiting one scientist to serve as the Health Science Administrator (HSA).  OTIPI provides leadership for the vigorous pursuit of excellence in research translation and utilization of innovative programs to accelerate the application of research discoveries in the prevention, detection, and treatment of drug abuse and addiction.  OTIPI specifically aims at taking research discoveries into candidate health applications, while administering NIDA’s small business, entrepreneurship and biomedical product development programs. HSA will join a talented and dedicated OTIPI team to stimulate the translation of NIDA-supported fundamental research.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assumes full responsibility for the control, management, and administration of NIDA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, especially, in area of NIH HEAL Initiative (https://www.nih.gov/research-training/medical-research-initiatives/heal-initiative); plans, develops and directs activities; evaluates program outcomes; creates and justifies funding plans to NIDA leaders and the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse;
  • Collaborates with and maintains relationships with scientists, investors, startup founders, small businesses, technology transfer offices, life science accelerators/incubators, pharmaceutical companies who are involved in research efforts related to commercialization of biomedical technologies for addiction research,  prevention, detection, and treatment;
  • Provides product development and business development expertise and contributes feedback and guidance on projects to the NIDA grant applicants and awardees;
  • Offers input on project milestones, target product profiles, and testing funnels;
  • Performs target due diligence and competitor analysis using public and private drug development databases such as Citeline Pipeline, Thomson Reuters’ Integrity, FDA Orange Book, USPTO, and Clinical Trials.gov;
  • Identifies significant opportunities for research translation and participates in education activities designed to improve said translation.

Candidate Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will possess a MD, PhD, MBA or doctoral equivalent in neurosciences and demonstrate successful experience and proven record in biomedical product development (e.g. drug, biomedical devices or diagnostics R&D), knowledge of regulatory and reimbursement policies and familiarity with business development, including early company/asset evaluation and exits strategies.
  • 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 positionwill be posted at the GS-13 or 14 federal government salary grade, with an annual salary up to $ 148,967.  


We are hoping to fill this position through the NIH global vacancy announcement and anticipate that the Health Scientist Administrator opportunity will be posted on September 17 and will remain open for 10 days, until September 26, 2018.  Additional information can also be found on the NIH Jobs page: https://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment/.  Anyone interested in either position should contact Dr. Elena Koustova, Director, OTIPI (elena.koustova@nih.gov).

This page was last updated September 2018