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Health Scientist Administrator (Program Director), NCCIH Basic and Mechanistic Research Branch

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Division of Extramural Research announces the opening for a health scientist administrator (program director) position to direct and manage NCCIH’s basic and mechanistic research portfolio related to natural products. The position is recruited at the GS12 or GS13 level with full promotion potential to GS14. This position will lead and coordinate NCCIH program activities as well as develop and manage research programs related to natural products (including botanicals, herbs, proteins, peptides, and other naturally occurring small molecules) and relevant methodology and technologies to study such natural products and their mechanisms of action. Research to be managed by this position may include chemical, biochemical, molecular, cellular, genetic, epigenetic, immunological, physiological, and behavioral studies; computational modeling; network analysis; and the relationships between natural products and a variety of health or clinical outcomes in preclinical model systems and human subjects. This position provides excellent opportunities to impact future research priorities related to natural products at national and international levels, develop and support new research directions and initiatives to support NCCIH’s strategic focus on promoting whole person health research, and play a leading role in the advancement of basic and mechanistic research related to natural products.

General responsibilities of this position will include administering and managing an extramural portfolio of research grants; interacting with researchers and program directors for related programs within NCCIH, other National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and Centers, and other Federal funding agencies; developing new research initiatives; and speaking and representing NCCIH at national and international meetings, as well as with the public and the media.

NCCIH encourages applicants that include senior postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty (assistant professor or equivalent), mid-career faculty (associate professor or equivalent), and junior scientists in biomedical science or the biotechnology industry who are interested in public service and have strong research experience using a broad range of methods, procedures, and techniques related to natural products to understand health and diseases in preclinical model systems or human subjects. This position requires working both independently and collaboratively. Strong organizational, oral, written, and communication skills are required. Experience with the grants process is preferable. The abilities to identify innovative research opportunities as well as develop and manage research projects are desired.

As a Federal employee, you and your family have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your Federal career very rewarding. Please visit Pay and Leave and Benefits on the USAJOBS website to learn more.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university, including acceptance of the dissertation, in an academic field or health or other pertinent science allied to all aspects of biomedical sciences.

Research experience in natural products is particularly desirable.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should apply through starting on May 16,2022.   Please search for jobs at the National Institutes of Health, Health Scientist Administrator and/or Series 601. Required experience and qualifications for this position will be available in the vacancy announcements.  Multiple positions will be posted to which current Federal Employees and the public may apply. Applications will be accepted from May 16, 2022 to May 25, 2022. If interested in learning more about this specific health scientist administrator position at NCCIH, please email

NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Health and Human Services and NIH are equal opportunity employers.