Health Scientist Administrator, USA
Seeking Scientist with Expertise in Behavioral/Social Science and Genetics to join the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is recruiting* a dynamic and experienced scientist with academic training and expertise in genetics and behavioral/social science. Located in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives within the Office of the Director, OBSSR was established to strengthen the NIH’s research and training initiatives relating to behavioral and social processes, in service of the NIH mission to promote health and to prevent, treat and cure disease. The Office is interested in fostering research that connects the biological and psychological factors intrinsic to the individual with extrinsic environmental/sociological factors, since all of these factors and the interactions among them affect health. OBSSR seeks to advance scientific research and training on the interplay of environmental exposure (broadly defined to include exposure to the chemical, physical, behavioral and social environments) and genetic endowment in the production of health or disease. Recent OBSSR activities in this area can be found here.
An individual with the expertise described above would enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment and have ample opportunities to:
- Develop new trans-NIH research initiatives that include genetics/genomics and the behavioral or social sciences;
- Develop curricula, tools and other vehicles to educate and train the next generation of scientists capable of advancing research in the area of genes, behavior and the social/behavioral environment, as well as programs to retrain more experienced researchers;
- Coordinate among relevant NIH research programs and related programs in other Federal agencies and professional scientific associations;
- Lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations among public, private, and academic stakeholders; and,
- Develop national scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops) in the area of gene-environment interplay and health.
OBSSR is recruiting at the junior academic level. The position will likely be advertised as a GS-13 health scientist administrator. Candidates should have a doctorate degree and research training in genetics and a behavioral/social science. Candidates with strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills are sought.
- The position will be advertised on the USAJOBS Web site as a Health Scientist Administrator. To be considered, candidates must formally apply through the USAJOBS Web site.