NIH - Program Officer, Division of Extramural Research (DER)

Position Available: Program Officer, Division of Extramural Research (DER)

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking a program officer with expertise relevant to providing scientific leadership and administering grants/contracts in support of research within the institute’s mission.

We are looking for applicants with clinical or research expertise who have a commitment to excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking to lead dynamic and diverse programs.

NICHD, NIH is seeking talented program officers to join the Division of Extramural Research (DER). DER develops, implements, and coordinates cross-cutting, multidisciplinary research activities within NICHD's mission. This includes, but is not limited to, efforts that focus on: demography, social sciences, and population dynamics; male and female fertility and infertility; developing and evaluating contraceptive methods; improving women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy; reducing birth complications and increasing infant survival; enhancing the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals biology and typical and atypical development; intellectual and developmental disabilities for use in pregnant women, infants, and children; HIV infection and transmission, AIDS, and associated infections; pediatric growth and endocrine research; child development and behavior; developmental; gynecologic health conditions, including pelvic floor disorders; and childhood injury and critical illness. More information about research activities can be found through the scientific branches.

The candidate should possess strong leadership, collaborative, and communication skills and should have completed all requirements for a doctoral-level degree (Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent) in a pertinent academic field.

This is an especially exciting time to join NICHD as we begin implementation of our strategic plan to shape and advance research in the near- and long-term future. Through implementation of this plan, this position will allow the successful candidate to help shape research opportunities that will directly impact the field, biomedical science, and public health for years to come.

This position is subject to a background check. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals. Foreign nationals or legal permanent residents are not eligible for the position.

• Contact: For questions about applying for the position/how to apply, contact DERInfo at

• DER website:

• Apply: To be considered for this Health Scientist Administrator position, apply online at GS-12/13/14 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientific Review Officer). Announcements will be open between 11/9/2020 and 11/13/2020.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NIH, and NICHD are equal opportunity employers committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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