Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) - Office of Biodefense, Research Resources and Translational Research

Job Announcement Description

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest institutes in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. The Drug Development Section (DDS) in the Office of Biodefense, Research Resources and Translational Research (OBRRTR), Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID), NIAID, seeks to recruit a health scientist administrator (program officer).

The mission of DDS is to promote the development of therapeutics against biodefense pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including pathogens of pandemic potential. DDS’s program officers promote the advancement of therapeutics through Phase 1/2 via contracts with product sponsors and gap-filling preclinical services, facilitating transitions of advanced product development programs to stakeholders. 

Strongly preferred is previous experience with drug development for infectious diseases, including any of the following: target identification, lead optimization, chemistry manufacturing and controls (CMC), nonclinical studies, pharmacokinetics, drug substance and drug product release assays, good laboratory practice (GLP) toxicology studies, Phase 1 or Phase 2 clinical trials, and investigational new drug (IND) submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

DDS collaborates extensively with OBRRTR, DMID, other NIH institutes, and other U.S. government agencies and non-government organizations. Program officers have frequent opportunities to participate in or lead U.S. government interagency working groups.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit NIH Jobs for helpful guidance on how to best describe applicants’ experience, whether coming from intramural, academia, industry, etc., to qualify at each grade level from GS-12 through GS-14.

For additional information, applicants may contact Dr. Richard J. Sciotti at

To Apply

Visit the health scientist administrator (program officer and scientific review officer) vacancy announcements #NIH-GR-DE-23-12097718 (U.S. citizens) and/or NIH-GR-MP-23-12099536 (status candidates) to submit your application from September 18 through September 27, 2023.

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Content last reviewed on