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NINR Seeking Program Officers and Scientific Review Officers

January 18, 2023

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is committed to supporting the strongest, highest-impact science with the greatest potential to solve the Nation’s most pressing health challenges and achieve health equity. To achieve this goal, NINR draws on the unique perspective of nursing research that is focused on people and the context of their lives and living conditions, and funds observational, intervention, and implementation research that aims to transform practice and policy. This is an exciting time to join NINR and contribute to its vision. 

NINR is seeking exceptional candidates for several positions to move nursing research forward.

  • As a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer), you will stimulate, plan, direct, and evaluate activities for a portfolio of research projects, research program and other grant/awards, cooperative agreements, and/or contracts in the assigned program area and the discovery, development and evaluation of associated prevention and therapeutic strategies. 
  • As a Health Scientist Administrator (Scientific Review Officer), you will be responsible for the initial administrative and scientific merit review of grant applications for research programs and/or research training and career development grants through interaction with established scientists in a variety of fields. You will assure the fairness and consistency of the scientific peer review process and provide guidance on peer review policies and procedures to applicants, reviewers, and Institute staff.

NINR is specifically interested in expertise aligned with the research lenses identified in the NINR 2022–2026 Strategic Plan:

  • Health Equity
  • Social Determinants of Health 
  • Population and Community Health
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Systems and Models of Care

NINR identified these five complementary and synergistic research lenses that best leverage the strengths of nursing research and promote multilevel approaches, cross-disciplinary and -sectoral collaboration, and community engagement in research. Nursing research is well positioned to address each of these research lenses because of nursing’s expertise in biological, behavioral, social, and public health sciences and long-standing values of social justice, holism, and collaboration.

Applicants should have research experience in one of these scientific areas. A doctoral degree in a health science or related field is desired, but not required. Familiarity with NIH extramural funding as an applicant, reviewer, or NIH scientific administrator is desirable, and outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential. Nurse scientists are encouraged to apply. NINR supports a diverse workforce.

How to Apply

The NIH will be accepting applications for these Health Scientist Administrator positions from 
January 18, 2023 to January, 27, 2023.

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)

For scientific specialties, qualification requirements, evaluation criteria, and application instructions, view the vacancy announcements.

The Department of Health and Human Services and NIH are equal opportunity employers committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.