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Services Research Branch (SRB): Physician/Medical Officer

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research (DESPR) is currently recruiting for a Physician/Medical Officer in the Services Research Branch. The incumbent in this position will provide leadership and direction for a research program of national and international scope. The incumbent will perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities relating to the administration of a large grant portfolio involving addiction health services research studies and clinical trials. Area of expertise is open, but priority areas of expertise include opioids, big data, technology, advanced or novel statistical methods, and comorbid mental health conditions. This Physician will assist in the administration of Data and Safety Monitoring Board by serving as a Medical Officer for the Healing Communities Study, Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN), HEAL Prevention, and HEALthy Brain and Cognitive Development (HBCD) studies.


  • serving as an expert on clinical trials and ethical issues clinical trials for all of DESPR;
  • administering a large research grants program in health services research; area of programmatic priority areas to be determined, but priority areas are outlined below;
  • providing expertise in EHRs or big data in health services settings;
  • providing expertise in technology-related interventions or platforms, e.g. mHealth, social media,
  • providing expertise on novel or advanced statistical or research methods (e.g., machine learning, natural language processing);
  • 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 and Federal agencies.

Candidate Qualifications 

  • Knowledge of and/or background in health services research and clinical trials is essential as the incumbent will be responsible for a portfolio of clinical trials studies and expected to be a resource for the division in the conduct of clinical trials;
  • The ideal candidate will possess a MD, doctoral equivalent in social or clinical science (e.g., Epidemiology, Psychology, Psychiatry, Health Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology) and demonstrate successful experience in research or research management.
  • Candidates must be US citizens.
  • Successful completion of the requirements for Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or equivalent, and be licensed to practice in the United States.
  • 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 $102,663 to $157,709. 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 March 2, 2020, through March 11, 2020. 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. Tisha Wiley, DESPR.