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Health Scientist Administrator (HSA)

Position Description

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Center for the Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) is seeking an enthusiastic scientific and program manager with strong scientific background and capability, interested in actively contributing to further the scientific mission of CCTN/NIDA with a specific focus on the opioid epidemic and its consequences, including HIV.  The person selected for this position will serve as the scientific liaison in developing and executing activities associated with multi-site clinical trials and other studies addressing the opioid epidemic with special emphasis on the development and implementation of evidence-based approaches to the prevention and treatment of opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders in highly affected areas of the country. 

The incumbent will demonstrate scientific leadership to support the CTN investigators in the shaping, design, development, and ongoing monitoring of clinical trials and research studies, as well as assist in the dissemination of research findings.  Areas of expertise for candidates to include, but not limited to behavioral, pharmacological, and integrated therapies in substance use/Substance Use Disorder, management of clinical trials; knowledge or experience with data-based projects/data harmonization and Contracting Officer Representative (COR) duties.  Essential skills include: clinical research background, excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to work with diverse groups of researchers and stakeholders, scientific leadership and management, and the ability to organize and manage multiple timelines associated with a set of complex activities.


  • Serving as the scientific liaison on a range of clinical projects conducted via cooperative research agreements;
  • Providing advice in protocol development, identifying areas for CTN research portfolio enhancement, and day-to-day administrative functions related to managing research projects;
  • Evaluating the availability and level of resources that can be applied to program area needs;   
  • Assisting in activities and projects focused on dissemination of research findings;
  • Conducting site visits to applicant and grantee institutions to determine the adequacy of research and training facilities;
  • Potentially serving as the primary or secondary Contracting Officer Representative (COR) on CCTN-managed projects;
  • Serving as the point of contact within NIDA and on committees within NIH and Federal partners, and respond in a timely manner to requests from NIDA/NIH, US Congress, and other Federal agencies.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Research background in clinical research in substance use; experience in opioid research is highly beneficial as the incumbent will be responsible for this time-sensitive and emerging portfolio.
  • The ideal candidate will possess a MD, PhD, or doctoral equivalent in social or clinical science (e.g., Psychology, Psychiatry, Health Policy, Social Work, Sociology) 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.

To Apply:

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 the position should contact Petra Jacobs (petra.jacobs@nih.gov).