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Chief, Prevention Research Branch

Revised May 2018


Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research, Prevention Research Branch

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research (DESPR) is currently recruiting two scientists to serve as Chief of the Prevention Research Branch and another to serve the Services Research Branch. Branch Chiefs will lead a talented professional group of scientists to stimulate and innovate grant-supported research, collaborative agreements, centers and research training.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborates with and maintains relationships with scientists in national, international, state, and municipal organizations who are involved in research efforts related to either drug abuse prevention or services and associated scientific areas;
  • Incorporates and synthesizes findings by independently leading and directing the development of new methods and approaches that support a national program of prevention or health services research to improve the nation’s public health;
  • Presents and justifies funding plans to NIDA leaders and the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse;
  • Identifies significant research findings and communicating results to NIDA leadership and other audiences, both professional and public;
  • Evaluates progress, assessing scientific opportunities, and proposes future program emphases in support of the NIDA’s mission and strategic plan in branch portfolio areas (prevention or health services research);
  • Assumes full responsibility for the control, management, and administration of NIDA's prevention or health services research program; plans and directs activities, including formulation and establishment of policies, interpretation of major policies relating to the development of work programs and operating plans, determination of budget requirements, and allocating scarce resources among major competitive programs.

Candidate Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will possess a MD, PhD, or doctoral equivalent in social or clinical science (e.g., Psychology, Psychiatry,  Health Policy, Social Work, Sociology) and demonstrate successful experience in research or research management. Candidates must be US citizens.
  • Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience; excellent benefits are offered. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. The position will be posted at the GS-15 federal government salary grade, with an annual salary range of $134,789 to $164,200.  Physicians' may also be eligible for an additional comparability allowance.


We are hoping to fill this position through the NIH global vacancy announcement and anticipate that the Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator opportunity will likely be posted on/around May 29, 2018 and remain open for 10 days.  Additional information can also be found on the NIH Jobs page: https://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment/. Please note that (a) you can also create saved searches to alert you to when job announcements become available on the USA Jobs website (https://www.usajobs.gov/) and (b) there are two announcements--one for applicants who are currently federal employees and one for those who are NOT currently federal employees. Anyone interested in either position should contact Dr. Bethany Deeds, Deputy Director, DESPR (deedsb@nida.nih.gov).

This page was last updated May 2018