Program Officer Position at NIH in Human Behavior Research

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Health Scientist Administrator (GS-13/14) at OBSSR: Human Behavior and Behavior Change Applications are due January 8, 2009. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health ( is recruiting a Health Scientist Administrator with expertise in the science of human behavior/behavior change. The Health Scientist Administrator advises the Deputy Director, Office of Behavioral Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) on programmatic issues, particularly relating to human behavior, behavior change and behavioral intervention research, and develops programmatic activities in these areas. The incumbent develops, coordinates, and/or informs activities that advance and/or translate research in the behavioral, social, and population sciences related to behavioral antecedents of human health and the improvement of health through behavior change. He/she is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives that combine knowledge and approaches from social/ population sciences with those from other scientific disciplines, to gain a better understanding of the complex, multi-level interactions that affect behavioral change and maintenance of that change; as well as how behavioral interventions, and health findings more generally, can be better communicated, disseminated, implemented, and integrated into health care. The incumbent is also responsible for overcoming regulatory, procedural and policy barriers to the joint review, funding and administration of such multi-level research with other Federal agencies; ensuring the dissemination of information on NIH intervention research findings; and ensuring effective liaison and coordination among relevant NIH research programs and related programs in other Federal agencies, professional scientific associations, and other domestic and foreign behavioral and social science research organizations. This position will be filled at the GS-13 or GS-14 level. It is open to all U.S. citizens, both inside and outside of the federal government. A complete job description and application instructions can be found here: The Merit or Status link: The DEU or Public link: Applications are due January 8, 2009.