Child Trauma Mental Health Program Officer; POTS22-007695 (41 views)

September 7, 2022

Job Vacancy Announcement – Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)

Child Traumatic Stress Research Program and Dimensional Traumatic Stress Research Program
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Division of Translational Research (DTR) Child Traumatic Stress Research Program and Dimensional Traumatic Stress Research Program

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 children and adults. The DTR seeks exceptional candidates to fill the position of Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) within the Child Traumatic Stress Research Program and Dimensional Traumatic Stress Research Program.
The Child and Dimensional Programs support traumatic stress research by exploring basic dimensions of functioning (e.g., fear circuitry, working memory, arousal, emotion regulation) relevant to traditionally defined or perceived posttraumatic psychopathology among children, adolescents, and adults. These research programs are largely clinical with a continuum of research from mechanisms of disease risk, onset, progression, and recovery through the pursuit of novel intervention targets and early-stage therapeutic development clinical trials. DTR is seeking candidates who have a strong understanding of traumatic stress research.

Position Duties
This Program Officer position involves opportunities for interagency interaction and communications/policy/press interaction. The ideal candidate must collaborate with staff on the planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of programs and initiatives in the assigned specialty area of research. Candidates must also provide analyses to program staff of new research proposals, both pre- and post-application, regarding scientific strengths and weaknesses, experimental design, technical approaches, and overall impact.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university with the ability to analyze the scientific merit and the adequacy of current and projected research programs.
This position requires using scientific expertise to review grant proposals and interact with potential grantees to obtain additional information. Strong organizational, oral, writing and communication skills are required.

How to Apply
This is a pre-announcement. The official announcement will be available through from September 21, 2022, through September 30, 2022. If you are interested
in this position, please send your resume to Please contact Shaun
Clark, Management Analyst, at or (301) 480-8288 if you have any
questions and for the live links to the announcement.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the NIH Federal Resume Tips website for
guidance on creating a federal resume.

The Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) will be appointed at a salary
commensurate with their qualifications and experience. In addition, full federal benefits,
including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings
plan (401K equivalent), will be provided.

COVID Vaccination Status
Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected
applicants to implement other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking,
physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Employees providing healthcare or services
supporting healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with
patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination and other vaccination documentation from
Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time
during your employment with NIH.

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs
and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals
with disabilities.

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