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Health Scientist Administrator/Program Officer

Division of Extramural Science Programs
National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health

The mission of the National Eye Institute (NEI) is to eliminate vision loss and improve quality of life through vision research.  NEI is seeking exceptional candidates for two (2) Program Officer positions in the Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP).  The division supports a broad range of basic, translational, and clinical research as well as career development programs in vision science. 

Position 1:  Program Officer in the Collaborative Clinical Research Program

Major Duties:  The successful candidate will serve as a Program Officer in the Collaborative Clinical Research Program (CCR) and work with a team of health scientist administrators to manage and direct a portfolio of clinical trials, epidemiology, and health services projects.  Responsibilities of this position are the management of clinical grants and cooperative agreements including monitoring patient safety and study performance, oversight of the activities of the clinical trial research teams, and scientific program development.  The successful candidate will participate in CCR and DESP planning activities and the implementation of new policies, mechanisms, and approaches for research administration.  This position involves extensive interaction with grantees, other researchers, and NIH staff.

The ideal candidate should possess experience conducting clinical trials and working on collaborative, multi-center research.  The candidate should have knowledge of statistical methods employed in clinical research, experience coordinating clinical trials, and an understanding of the policies and procedures to ensure effective management of clinical trials and epidemiology studies.

Candidate Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 4-5 years of post-doctoral and/or professional experience in clinical trials, epidemiology, biostatistics, and/or public health research.  Strong organizational, oral, writing, and communication skills are required. Individuals with current or prior academic faculty positions are of particular interest but are not required.

Position 2: Program Officer in the Division of Extramural Science Programs

Major Duties: The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for developing, directing, and managing a portfolio of grants and/or cooperative agreements in basic vision biology and/or neuroscience that spans multiple areas of interest and levels of analysis related to visual function. In addition to programmatic oversight of the portfolio, responsibilities include ongoing analysis to identify scientific gaps and opportunities, communicating with extramural investigators about NEI priorities and, in collaboration with program officers within NEI, NIH, and other funding agencies, developing new initiatives that address the highest priorities of the institute. The successful candidate will participate in DESP planning activities and the implementation of new policies, mechanisms, and approaches for research administration.  This position involves extensive interaction with grantees, other researchers, and NIH staff.

Candidate Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree (or equivalent) in biomedical research and a minimum of 3 years of post-doctoral and/or professional experience conducting vision research.  Strong organizational, oral, written and communication skills are also required.  Experience with grant review and/or portfolio management is preferable but not required.


How to Apply

A global Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientific Review Officer) announcement will be available through www.usajobs.gov from January 18, 2023, through January 27, 2023. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to neier@nei.nih.gov.

Visit the NIH Federal Resume Tips website for guidance on creating a federal resume at  https://hr.nih.gov/jobs/how-apply/tips-writing-federal-resume.

Successful candidates are subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.


Benefits

A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

DHHS and NIH are equal-opportunity employers

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.


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Last updated: January 19, 2023