Seeking a Behavioral or Social Scientist to Join the
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
at the National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is recruiting* a dynamic behavioral or social scientist to serve as a Health Scientist Administrator. Behavioral sciences include all areas of psychology, psychobiology, cognitive science, and social work. Social sciences encompass sociology, economics, public health, anthropology, demography and political science.
Located in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives within the Office of the Director, OBSSR was established to strengthen the NIH’s research and training initiatives relating to behavioral and social processes, in service of the NIH mission to promote health and to prevent, treat and cure disease. The Office fosters research that connects the biological and psychological factors intrinsic to the individual (e.g., physiological, cognitive, emotional, genetic) with extrinsic social factors (e.g. family, community, economics, healthcare policy and practice). Moreover, OBSSR supports the links between research and practice that will improve the development and implementation of behavioral and social interventions, the practice of translational and preventive medicine, health care delivery and access to care with the ultimate goal of optimizing healthy lifestyles, well-being, public health, and reducing the burden of disease.
An individual with the expertise described above would enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment and have ample opportunities to:
· Develop new trans-NIH research initiatives from emerging research opportunities in the behavioral and social sciences;
· Advise the Associate Director of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and the Deputy Director, OBSSR on such initiatives, actions, and plans;
· Develop policies, program directions, and procedures surrounding the administration of interdisciplinary research that includes the behavioral and social sciences;
· Represent OBSSR at conferences, seminars, or conventions concerned with health-related social science research, interdisciplinary and other behavioral science research issues, as well as committees and task forces to address problems relevant to the Office’s activities;
· Initiate and develop program initiatives jointly with NIH Institutes and Centers and other agencies;
· Work with other individuals, agencies and organizations (e.g., CDC, CMS, SAMHSA, AHRQ, PCORI, DHHS) to insure that scientific information is translated into user-friendly materials for various types of audiences (policy makers, practitioners and general public);
· Prepare reports and scholarly papers for presentation to professional and scientific organizations on topics relevant to the OBSSR mission;
· Prepare responses to controlled correspondence (i.e., responding to Congressional inquiries) related to research findings and research opportunities, especially in behavioral and social science areas;
· Analyze administrative and substantive data for inclusion in OBSSR reports and publications;
· Develop and edit material for presentation by the OBSSR Director to the Office of the Director, NIH, NIH Advisory Committees, and scientific audiences, on research findings and on OBSSR’s programs in social science areas of focus.
· Develop curricula, tools and other vehicles to educate and train the next generation of behavioral and social scientists, and retrain more experienced researchers so that they are capable of addressing new research questions relevant to a changing world;
· Lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations among public, private, and academic stakeholders; and,
· Develop national scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops) relevant to the mission of the Office.
The position isadvertised as a GS-12 to GS-14. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree with research experience related to behavioral, social, public health, clinical or translational sciences, or the delivery of health care. Candidates with strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills are sought.
The work site location is the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland (NIH Main Campus). Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and excellent benefits will be provided. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. DHHS, NIH and OBSSR are Equal Opportunity Employers.
For additional information about this announcement, please contact:
Patricia L. Mabry, PhD
Acting Deputy Director and Senior Advisor
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health
Phone: (301) 402-1753; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about OBSSR, please visit: http://obssr.od.nih.gov/index.aspx.
* The announcement for the position is now available on the USAJOBS Web site for the Health Scientist Administrator position. To be considered, candidates must formally apply through the USAJOBS Web site. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSES SEPTEMBER 15, 2013.