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Job Vacancy Announcement - Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) - Translational Genomics for Mental Health (TGMH)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Translational Research (DTR)

Program Overview

The Division of Translational Research (DTR) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) directs, plans, and supports programs of research that translate knowledge from basic science to discover the etiology, pathophysiology, and trajectory of mental disorders and develop effective interventions for both children and adults. The DTR seeks a qualified Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) for the following program:

Translational Genomics for Mental Health

Position Duties

Individuals are encouraged to apply who can initiate, plan, develop, and direct NIMH extramural research programs administered by the Translational Genomics for Mental Health Program. Selected candidate will serve as Program Officer for a portfolio of grants, contracts, and/or cooperative agreements and participate in collaborative activities with other NIH institutes and federal departments or agencies, as appropriate.

Competitive candidates are expected to be accomplished scientists with a solid grasp of how biomedical research is performed. Specialized knowledge in the field of genomics is essential. The DTR Translational Genomics for Mental Health Program engages in evaluating genomics research ideas in the mental health field and that have the potential to advance translational research. Genomics approaches and methods broadly including a range from molecular genetics, statistical genetics, transcriptional regulation, and multi-dimensional approaches to phenotypic characterization of mental health populations. A publication record, prior research experience, and evidence of familiarity with current literature in translational genomics are essential. This position require the ability to work independently and collaboratively and offer opportunities to impact priorities, develop new initiatives, and contribute to the advancement of a national research program.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have successfully completed a bachelor’s and graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position from an accredited college or university. Applicants must demonstrate one-year of independent research experience, which involved the planning, organizing, and conducting of biomedical or health related research; and one-year of program administration in these fields.

Strong organizational, oral, written, and communication skills are also required. Experience managing research programs and coordinating professional groups and associations' activities is also desirable. Experience with the grant review process is preferable. Successful candidates are subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

Some positions in this announcement are eligible for remote work. Please select the “NIH – US Locations” location when applying if you wish to be considered for remote work. All other location(s) are not eligible for remote work. Remote is a position designation where little to no onsite presence is required (e.g., thrice annually). You may work anywhere in the U.S., including any of the territories. Worksites outside of the U.S. are prohibited. Your pay is determined by the geographically defined pay locality applicable to your approved worksite (e.g., home residence). Reporting to an NIH location may also be required during the onboarding process. Visit NIH's Remote Work page for more information and requirements.

A complete federal civil service benefits package includes retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

A global Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) announcement will be available through opening May 2024.

Candidates must apply through USAJOBS: USAJOBS - The Federal Government's official employment site Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to also send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to

Please set up notifications via USAJOBS for future announcements that fit your criteria. Visit the NIH Federal Resume Tips website for guidance on creating a federal resume at

HHS and NIH are equal-opportunity employers.

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are equal-opportunity employers

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