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!


Chief, BRAIN Bioinformatics and Data Integration

The BRAIN Initiative® is Seeking a Chief for Bioinformatics and Data Integration.

Job Summary

The Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative approaches, researchers aim to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, will demonstrate how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. The hope is that these pioneering approaches will lead to new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders by filling major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities to understand how the brain acquires, processes, utilizes, stores, and retrieves vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.

BRAIN Initiative is a collaboration among 10 NIH Institutes led by the Office of the BRAIN Director (OBD) in NINDS. OBD coordinates and directs eight trans-NIH Teams that support and manage a $500+ million annual investment in multiple research portfolios by bringing together scientific expertise from across the NIH guided by two key strategic plans: the "BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision" and "The BRAIN Initiative 2.0: From Cells to Circuits, Toward Cures."

In addition to established BRAIN research programs, in FY21, BRAIN initiated three new Transformative Projects that focus on generating novel tools and large complex data sets crossing structural, functional, and traditional boundaries (molecular genetic, physiologic, and brain connectomic). Currently, over 120 staff from across the 10 ICs participate in managing BRAIN-funded programs. The diversity of approaches and data types have expanded dramatically in the last two years especially. In addition to the 10 participating ICs, the NIH BRAIN Initiative staff frequently interact with colleagues at NSF, DOE, FDA, and IARPA as well as with numerous non-Federal partners. Thus, OBD seeks to recruit a senior bioinformatics scientist with a well-established record of exceptional scientific and technical expertise in data science and data integration with strong executive administrative management experience to guide these critical discovery and coordination efforts.

The incumbent for this position will be responsible for developing and organizing data science and informatics needs across the large cross-disciplinary trans-NIH teams at the critical interface of basic research and translational science relevant to the BRAIN Initiative and related programs. The appointee will oversee the operation of BRAIN Team Data, which is a cross-IC team charged with tracking data needs and promoting data sharing policies and practices. Currently, it is not anticipated that the appointee will supervise staff directly in OBD, but the incumbent will be tasked with leading individuals and teams and drive engagement efforts and trans-IC/trans-agency workgroups (existing and new) to establish leading-edge data integration efforts. The appropriate skills include proven experience and leadership in research on the fundamental understanding of data science, bioinformatics, computational biology, and/or data integration and harmonization. The incumbent will be required to demonstrate and execute a clear vision of how to develop BRAIN data science priorities and manage budget opportunities and constraints in support of BRAIN Initiative research efforts. The incumbent must understand policies and ethical considerations regarding data acquisition, use, reuse, and responsible sharing of brain data. In this role, the incumbent will represent the BRAIN/OBD at relevant scientific and policy forums and will be expected to contribute to and influence IC policies related to execution of the BRAIN Initiative data science efforts. In addition, it is important that the incumbent will be able to manage and coordinate projects across the scientifically diverse BRAIN portfolio both within NIH as well as with federal and nonfederal partners.

The incumbent should have significant experience dealing with complex, program evaluation strategies and also demonstrated cutting-edge expertise in a scientific or technical discipline critical to developing data standards, data harmonization, and/or interoperability efforts. In addition, the incumbent should have also played a leadership role in bringing groups together to develop data workflows. The incumbent should have a well-established record of exceptional scientific and technical experience in one or more areas supported by the BRAIN Initiative (neuroscience, computational biology, physics, engineering, math etc.) as well as research, knowledge and skills in data-intensive science and executive administrative management of large budget programs. The incumbent should have a fundamental understanding of data integration strategies and would ideally demonstrate a recognized track record of developing and/or coordinating large data science programs. Familiarity with the principles and broader challenges of making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) and AI-ready is desired. Knowledge and understanding of complex biological processes, ideally in the nervous system is preferred. Experience in data harmonization efforts and the development and implementation of data standards would be a plus.

Required Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position, candidates must possess a Master's level or higher degree in:

  • engineering
  • bioinformatics
  • or an emerging or related scientific field.

In addition, candidates must have at least one year of experience related to the position, including achievements in one or more of the following areas to demonstrate the individual has received recognition as an expert in the field:

  • conducted original biomedical research published in peer-reviewed journals of high stature;
  • received major prizes and awards (such as visiting professorships and named lectureships) in recognition of original contributions to biomedical research;
  • received invitations to speak at or chair major national or international meetings or symposia;
  • elected to membership in professional societies of high stature; or
  • meets other criteria demonstrating sufficient rigor or accomplishment in a relevant or closely related field that is necessary to the accomplishment of NIH's mission.

If you are a current Federal Title 5 employee, you must have one year of equivalent experience at the GS-14 level or above.


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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency.

Foreign Education

This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Learn more about Foreign Education.

Reasonable Accommodation

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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