Social and Behavioral Scientist Administrator - Department of Health and Human Services- National Institutes of Health

LOCATION: Montgomery County, MD

CLOSING DATE: February 28, 2019


JOB #: 13620

POSTED: January 30, 2019


As an SBSA Program Officer you will provide advice in program planning, solicitation, and evaluation to perform day-to-day administrative functions related to research grants and interagency agreements supporting research projects in your assigned area.
As a SBSA Scientific Review Officer you will initiate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities for a portfolio of research projects and programs.


As a Program Officer, you will:

  • provide technical leadership and guidance in a major subject-matter area while coordinating the review activities of the Office of Extramural Research Grants Review Committee and Special Emphasis Panels;
  • evaluate the availability and level of resources that can be applied to program area needs and stimulate interest in projects and special activities through communication with the social science community;
  • organize and conduct discussions with social science and/or behavioral researchers concerning an overall agenda for the assigned program area;
  • provide suggested recommendations concerning program direction, priorities and funding levels for areas of responsibility;
  • perform scientific and administrative reviews;
  • analyze applications and proposals from a programmatic viewpoint;
  • prepare information for and attend advisory review committee or panel meetings and respond to issues and concerns about specific applications and proposals;
  • consult with and advise grantees and contractors during application preparation and provide guidance on program matters;
  • collaborate with other Branch and Division staff and NIH offices, as required;
  • organize and conduct workshops, conferences, symposia or similar activities to foster the aims of the Branch or Division;
  • perform other duties as assigned.
As a Scientific Review Officer, you will:
  • provide policy direction and coordination for the planning and execution of initial scientific and technical review;
  • utilize scientific knowledge and expertise to perform a variety of management functions associated with the scientific peer review of research and research training support activities and other contract activities;
  • manage the initial scientific and administrative review of grant, program project grant, and training grant application as well as research project applications submitted in response to requests for applications;
  • appoint and manage review panels;
  • establish the criteria and standards for the review panel to follow;
  • prepare summary statements of review committee findings and recommendations;
  • act as the sole Federal official and agency representative by guiding the activities of a review committee and ensure continuity of approach toward evaluating applications, proposals, and adherence to peer review policies and procedures;
  • perform other duties as assigned.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.



You meet the Basic Requirements for this position if you:
A. have a bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree in the behavioral or social sciences, or related disciplines appropriate to this position;
B. have a combination of education and experience that provided me with the knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field;
C. have four years of appropriate experience demonstrating that I have acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
You have worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting behavioral or social science health, or health-related research; served in research program administration in these fields; and acquired an understanding of the history, interests, internal dynamics, and relationships of organizations in which health research is conducted.

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