Program Officer, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Branch (BCN)

The Division of Neuroscience and Behavior (DNB) is recruiting for a Program Officer position within the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Branch. The mission of the DNB is to discover, facilitate, and promote outstanding basic animal and human research towards the mission of NIDA, to identify the causes and consequences of drug misuse and substance use disorders (SUD) across the lifespan and to guide treatment strategies. We develop and support an extramural research program that will advance the understanding of the genetic, chemical, neurobiological, and behavioral mechanisms underlying drug misuse and SUD.

Within the DNB, the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) Branch supports human and animal experimental investigations of SUD and their underlying mechanisms. This includes a focus on behavioral, cognitive, and neurobiological mechanisms driving the consequences of substance use and underlying the various phases of SUD – including initiation of substance use, compulsive use, relapse, and recovery. The BCN Branch also supports research on neurocognitive processes fundamental to SUD (e.g., decision-making, reward/punishment learning).

Currently, we are seeking a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer; GS 12/13/14) for neurocognition of substance use disorders. The Program Officer is expected to oversee a portfolio covering neurocognitive mechanisms related to SUD. In addition, the Program Officer is expected to participate in NIDA-wide and NIH-wide activities related to neurocognition and SUD.

Knowledge of one or more of the following fields, although not required before hire, will be considered a plus: community-engaged research; neural circuitry and behavior relevant to opioid use disorder; computational modeling; neurocognitive mechanisms underlying sleep. The successful candidate would possess a doctoral or medical degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field, with experience in conducting biomedical research.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Vani Pariyadath (