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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world.  Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation.  For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visitNIH Overview.

As a Health Scientist Administrator/Program Officer you will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities for a portfolio of research projects and programs.  To learn more about the grants process, types of grant programs, and the peer review process, visit the website for the Office of Extramural Research.  These positions are located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), within the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National institute of Nursing Research (NINR).
If you have experience in providing scientific leadership and direction to the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of research grants, AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining one of these organizations.

NCI is looking for applicants with experience in program management/officer duties including administration and program functions related to research grants. Experience in evaluation of programs and strong communication skills.
Participating NCI offices are: Division of Cancer Biology (DCB), Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), and the Center for Global Health (CGH).

NINR is looking for applicants with a commitment to scientific excellence in nursing science and the ideal candidate will possess a degree in nursing and have clinical research training and experience in the area of nursing science. One of the positions will be in charge of setting up a new program for clinical research oversight for the division and the ideal candidate will be highly organized, possess clinical research experience, and experience developing and implementing new scientific programs.


As a Health Scientist Administrator, you will:

  • Serve as a Health Scientist Administrator with responsibility in providing policy direction and coordination for the planning and execution of initial scientific and technical review conducted within the Institute.
  • Utilize scientific knowledge and expertise to perform a variety of management functions associated with the scientific peer review of IC research and research training support activities and other contract activities.
  • Manage the initial scientific and administrative review of grant, program project grant, and training grant applications as well as research project applications submitted in response to requests for applications.
  • Appoint and manage review panels, including the identification of qualified reviewers to evaluate all applications and proposals and upon own knowledge as a scientist and any recommendations from IC and NIH program officials, to assemble a balanced group of experts and consultants.
  • Establish the criteria and standards for the review panel to follow based upon expert knowledge of the relevant scientific fields, NIH, and IC review policies and procedures.
  • Provide information to the consultants on each committee assembled as a basis for reviewing and evaluating grant applications, contract proposals; collect and provide essential information for committee members.
  • Prepare summary statements of review committee findings and recommendations for use by the IC advisory committee; attend committee meeting and respond to impromptu questions related to the review of the assigned application.
  • Act as the sole Federal official and agency representative by guiding the activities of a review committee by orienting new review members and ensuring continuity in their approach toward evaluating applications, proposals, and adherence to peer review policies and procedures.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No