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Now Hiring: Program Director for the Microbiome-Gut-Brain Research Area

October 5, 2016

Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.


Division of Extramural Activities

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Thinking about a career in science administration? Would you like to work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and provide scientific leadership and guidance for research involving the microbiome-brain-gut axis?

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is looking for an experienced researcher to join the Division of Extramural Research’s Basic and Mechanistic Research Branch as a program director. The ideal candidate has published peer-reviewed studies on the gut microbiome and/or the gut-brain axis. This is a terrific opportunity to work at one of the largest funding agencies of complementary health research in the world.

What is a program director?

We welcome you to watch this video to learn more about what it’s like to work as a program director (program officer) at NIH:

As a program director, you would have responsibility for providing administrative oversight, technical leadership, and guidance and development of a research portfolio in complementary and integrative health. The focus is on the gut microbiome, the impact of prebiotics and probiotics in modulating gut microbiota to prevent and treat a variety of diseases and disorders, including those that may be associated with the brain-gut axis (e.g., pain and/or anxiety). Complementary health approaches that may affect the gut microbiome (and the brain-gut axis) can include natural products (e.g., probiotics, dietary supplements) and mind and body approaches (e.g., meditation, meditative movement, physical activity).

If you are interested in applying, use the USAJobs Web site to build your profile and upload your curriculum vitae. You will need to respond to specific questions and submit your application online. The application deadline is October 12, 2016.

You can find more details and links to the specific position opening on the NCCIH Web site.


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