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    Thank you for your interest in this position. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Research Branch, will accept applications through vacancy announcement NIH-GR-DE-21-11098004 on May 17, 2021 - May 26, 2021 at the link below. We are not accepting applications through this announcement, NIH-NIMH-FA-21-11110919.

    Please click the following link to review and apply: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600509400.

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    The Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Research Branch supports fundamental neuroscience research to define molecular and cellular processes impacting brain processes and functional effects across cells and circuits relevant to cognitive, affective, and social domains at the National Institute of Mental Health. The Branch Chief will oversee programs of research within the branch encompass neuronal and glial signaling, synaptic plasticity, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrinology, and neuroimmunology and serve as a Program Officer for Integrative Systems Pharmacology.

    The Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Research Branch plans, supports, and administers research programs focused on preclinical therapeutics development and fundamental brain neuroscience research spanning from intracellular signaling and integrative systems pharmacology to neuroimmune/neuroendocrine neurobiology. The branch programs' central goals the include the identification of novel targets, tools, and in vitro and in vivo assays in support of therapeutics development for mental illnesses. The selected candidate will oversee and supervise program officers who initiate, plan, develop, and direct NIMH extramural research programs administered by the Branch. The selected candidate will also serve as a program officer for a portfolio of grants, contracts, and/or cooperative agreements focused on Integrative Systems Pharmacology and will participate in collaborative activities with other NIH Institutes and Federal departments or agencies, as appropriate.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    See vacancy announcement during the open period for position requirements.


    See vacancy announcement during the open period for position requirements.


    See vacancy announcement during the open period for position requirements.

    Additional information

    • We are not collecting applications through this posting.
    • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
    • PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should apply online to this announcement, NIH-GR-DE-21-11098004.
    • We may make additional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s). Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions.
    • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
    • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
    • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
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    • Visit our Total Compensation page for a detailed look into the benefits, awards, leave, retirement and other incentives employees may receive as part of a rewarding work environment.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

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    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    How to Apply

    Thank you for your interest in this position. We are accepting applications through vacancy announcement # NIH-GR-DE-21-11098004.

    To apply to this position, please log into your USAJOBS account and go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600509400 between May 17, 2021 - May 26, 2021, to submit your application. Please read and follow all instructions in the announcement, complete the online application, and submit the required documentation specified in the "Required Documents" section no later than the closing date.

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    Raasheem Sharpe


    National Institutes of Health
    2115 East Jefferson Street
    Rockville, MD 20851
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    Next steps

    If interested, we encourage you to apply during the opening period May 17, 2021 - May 26, 2021.

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