The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the premier health research center for the nation and the world. The 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH employ approximately 18,000 employees in a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. The NIH mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
Located in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) of the National Institute on Aging is a major funder of basic and translational social and behavioral research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level and related to both normal aging and to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD).
BSR plans to hire a Health Specialist with a degree and experience in the psychological, behavioral, social, or health-related sciences, to provide scientific and logistical support to the research portfolio in BSR’s Individual Behavioral Processes Branch, in areas such as those listed below:

• Development and organization of scientific workshops
• Administration, coordination and analysis of program activities; planning, organization, coordination, and management of segments of complex activities
• Planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and initiatives
• Reviewing grantee progress reports and evaluating actions required to achieve adequate research progress
• Conducting literature searches, portfolio analyses, and program analyses
• Assisting in drafting ad hoc and periodic reports and presentations and summarizing research findings.
The successful candidate must be a US citizen, and have solid project management, writing, database management, and communication skills, and familiarity with research in the behavioral and social sciences. Responsibilities of this position include:
• Working with senior staff to develop Funding Opportunity Announcements, new research initiatives, and exploratory meetings of scientific experts
• Attending and reporting on peer review meetings
• Tracking pilot research activities of NIA-funded centers
• Establishing, monitoring and updating systems for tracking program and research progress, including clinical trials
• Providing technical assistance and guidance concerning Division initiatives and priorities to applicants and grantees
• Responding to requests from Congress, NIH and NIA directors, NIA divisions, and the public
• Maintaining and updating content on the Division website
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a pre-announcement of the vacancy. A formal vacancy announcement will be posted on and applications must be submitted through that website to be considered.
For additional information contact:
Dr. Lisbeth Nielsen
DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers