Medication Discovery and Toxicology: Health Scientist Administrator/Psychologist

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences (DTMC), Medication Discovery and Toxicology Branch (MDTB) supports and conducts studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new pharmacotherapies, behavioral therapies, devices, and digital therapeutics to treat Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). DTMC supports research and development, through peer-reviewed grants and contracts, for all stages of the medication development process including synthesis and preclinical evaluation of potential therapeutics, clinical trial design and execution, and preparing regulatory submissions.


The incumbent is responsible for helping lead a therapeutics development research program that ranges from preclinical models through to clinical testing in Phase I, Phase II and Phase III trials.

  • The selected candidate will function as a member of the Addiction Treatment Discovery Program and will be directly involved in the preclinical evaluation of novel compounds as potential treatments for substance use disorders.
  • The position includes managing a portfolio of grants and contracts, including the close monitoring of contract activity and progress through the design of protocols and review of study reports.

Candidate Qualifications

This is a Federal GS-12/13/14 position located in Montgomery County MD. Preclinical experience in vivo behavioral pharmacology, toxicology, and in vitro receptor binding or related neuroscience is desirable. The ability to function as part of a highly productive team is essential, in addition to representing NIDA and the NIH at scientific meetings.

The candidate will have a Ph. D in a relevant discipline, and salary will be commensurate with experience. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life, and long-term care insurance, as well as Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available. DHHS, NIH, and NIDA ARE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS. Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.


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