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Prevention Research Branch (PRB): Health Scientist Administrator

The Prevention Research Branch (PRB) in the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR) at NIDA supports research project and research training grants to prevent the initiation of substance use or misuse and the progression to substance use disorder. PRB takes a developmental, lifespan approach, cultivating research on efficacy, effectiveness and prevention services questions, as well as studies to advance the methodology needed to conduct prevention research. 

PRB is currently recruiting for two Health Scientist Administrators (HSA). One HSA will provide leadership and scientific direction for the NIDA HEAL Prevention Initiative. A major component of the overall NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative, HEAL Prevention is a research program of national scope focused on prevention of opioid misuse and antecedent/concurrent substance use problems. In this capacity, there will be opportunity to represent NIDA on cross-NIH scientific program coordination activities and workgroups related to the overall NIH HEAL initiative, and present at national and international meetings on this important work. In addition to oversight of NIDA’s HEAL Prevention Initiative, the Program Officer (PO) will administer a leading research grant program in prevention intervention and services research, with specific focus areas on intervention development, testing and delivery within healthcare systems and settings. Knowledge of the structure and workflow of healthcare service contexts, models of health care delivery and reimbursement and models for integrating preventive services within medical care is strongly desired. 

The second HSA will also serve as a PO, overseeing a grant program focused on prevention intervention and services research, with a specific focus on the prevention of nicotine use and vaping. Knowledge of tobacco related research and policy is strongly desired. As a PO, the incumbent for each position will provide guidance to extramural investigators and staff, including consultation and development of new and innovative areas of science. The scope for guidance includes programmatic priorities, policies, funding opportunities, application submission, research design, and clinical trial design, implementation, and conduct. 

Candidates must be US citizens. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience; excellent benefits are offered. The position will be posted at the GS-13/14 federal government salary grade (annual salary range of $102,663 – $157,709). 


NIH will be accepting applications for Health Scientist Administrator (PO) positions though a global vacancy announcement, there will not be a targeted announcement specific to this position. The global vacancy announcement will likely be posted on/around May 18, 2020, and open for 10 days. Additional information can also be found on the NIH Jobs page: https://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment/. 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 should contact Dr. Amy Goldstein, Chief, Prevention Research Branch.

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