Job Opportunities

Interested in the big picture? NIH seeks bold, visionary scientists and physicians with a broad knowledge of neuroscience to support The BRAIN Initiative®. As a BRAIN Program Director or Analyst, you will conceive and develop large-scale funding initiatives, organize workshops, and interact with leading neuroscientists throughout the world. Successful candidates will join a highly interactive group of scientists and clinicians applying their basic, translational, and clinical experience and expertise in all areas of neuroscience. The ambitious goal of accelerating the development and application of innovative neurotechnologies to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain will not be possible without the contributions of creative, flexible, and engaging scientific program staff - apply today!

Program Officer - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders & Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative

The NIDCD has a position vacancy for a Program Officer (Health Science Administrator) who will serve within the NIDCD Division of Scientific Programs and the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative. 

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) seeks a talented PhD, MD, or MD/PhD scientist who will serve as a primary Program Officer (Health Scientist Administrator) within the NIDCD Division of Scientific Programs (NIDCD DSP; 50% effort) with a secondary appointment (50% effort) to work with the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative. The NIDCD DSPfosters the development of research to understand, prevent, and treat communication and other disorders supporting NIDCD’s core mission areas: hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.  The BRAIN Initiative® is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain by accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space.

As a Program Officer, you will utilize your neuroscience expertise and leadership to oversee a portfolio of interdisciplinary research on typical and atypical neural processing that capitalizes on technological advances in neuroimaging, neurophysiology, neuro-genomics, computational modeling, data sharing, and advanced neurotechnologies to examine sensory related changes in brain structure and function, gene regulation and expression, and complex behavior and cognition, in both human and model organisms. Candidates should possess a strong background in the newest, cutting-edge, neuroscience techniques and have a broad interest in neural circuitry, genomics, connectomics, and data sharing strategies. The ability to work in a team environment and across disciplines will be an important asset.

The duties will include the identification of appropriate projects for both the NIDCD and BRAIN Initiative portfolios, the planning, coordination, and evaluation of research grants and activities, communication of relevant research programs to internal and external stakeholders and participation in NIDCD, BRAIN Initiative, and NIH-wide committee and activities. The incumbent will develop knowledge and skills regarding NIH and NIDCD policies, procedures, and tools and resources available for effective oversight of extramural grants. She/he/they will assist in development of scientific initiatives and analysis of their success, coordination of pre- and post- award financial planning of grants, and coordination and planning of workshops and meetings.

If you are interested or if you have any questions about this position within NIDCD, please e-mail Dr. Amy Poremba at  The vacancy will open via Global Recruitment announcements opening on Monday, May 17, 2021 and closing on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The position is located in Montgomery County, MD. For scientific specialties, qualification requirements, evaluation criteria, and application instructions, view the vacancy announcements at Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers that value and foster diversity.

Staff Scientist Position in Molecular Neurobiology Section 

NIH is Seeking a Staff Scientist position available in Dr. John Ngai’s laboratory in the Molecular Neurobiology Section at the National Institutes of Health for The BRAIN Initiative®

A Staff Scientist position is available in Dr. John Ngai’s laboratory in the Molecular Neurobiology Section at the National Institutes of Health. The focus of this position is to oversee studies focused on understanding the genetic, epigenetic and cell signaling pathways underlying neural development and adult stem cell-mediated regeneration using the mouse peripheral olfactory system as the primary model. These studies will use a combination of approaches including single-cell transcriptomic and epigenomic analyses, mouse transgenic and other genetic approaches, viral transduction, immunohistochemistry, multiplexed RNA in situ hybridization, and confocal and other advanced light microscopy techniques. Our long-term goal is to elucidate the molecular determinants regulating the progression of cells in a developmental or regenerating pathway during the construction or repair of neural circuits.

At NIH, the “Staff Scientist” is a central member of research teams, who typically runs the scientific and teaching aspects of a Principal Investigator’s research program. He/she would provide direct supervision for 2-3 students and/or postdocs. Together with the PI, he/she would steer the long-term direction of the research group. The opportunity also exists for the Staff Scientist to conduct his/her own studies in the above research area.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Molecular, Cellular, and/or Developmental Biology, Genomics, Computational Biology, or equivalent field and significant experience in developmental/regenerative biology. He/she should have publications demonstrating these skills, as well as expertise in the area of genomics research. Fluent command of both spoken and written English is imperative. The applicant should have experience in supervising trainees in laboratory research and must have a track record indicative of innovative thinking.

SALARY/BENEFITS: The successful candidate will be offered salary and benefits commensurate with experience and accomplishments. The appointment would be through the Title 42 mechanism.

TO APPLY: Application packages are to include a Curriculum Vitae with bibliography, statement of research interests and a list of three references to: Nhi Floyd, Senior Administrative Officer, NINDS at: (phone: 301-443-8013). Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those that are relevant to the specific areas of study of the Molecular Neurobiology Section. Salary is commensurate with experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available. All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NINDS search process without a signed release from candidates.

E-mail a single PDF document to Mrs. Nhi Floyd at containing the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae with bibliography
  • One-page statement of your philosophy of successful operation of a research laboratory
  • Contact information for at least 3 references

All employees are subject to a background investigation.

Deadline for applications: TBD

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers