Program Officer, Chemistry Pharmacology Physiology Branch (CPP)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Division of Neuroscience and Behavior (DNB)Chemistry Pharmacology Physiology Branch is seeking a Program Officer to develop a grant portfolio in the rapidly growing field of chemistry and pharmacology of drug use and addiction.

DNB supports basic and clinical biomedical neuroscience and behavioral research to address the public health problem of drug use and addiction. DNB accomplishes this mission by developing and supporting an extramural research program that provides an understanding of the neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms of drugs of use and their consequences.  The research supported by DNB provides important fundamental knowledge to prevent and/or intervene in drug use and addiction.  

The Chemistry Pharmacology Physiology Branch supports all research related to chemistry and pharmacology of drugs including the structural dynamics of receptors, computer-assisted drug design, intracellular signaling mechanisms, early drug discovery of treatments for addiction, natural product chemistry, and innovative mechanisms of drug delivery.

The Program Officer is responsible for creating new research initiatives and developing and overseeing research grant portfolios that leverage emerging and innovative approaches in chemistry and pharmacology of drugs. The Program Officer also represents NIDA at national and international scientific conferences, and organizes conferences and workshops to advance the research through the facilitation of collaborations.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree and have knowledge in chemistry and drug design, particularly biophysical and computational approaches, and the neurobiology of substance use disorders. Experience in grant writing and review is preferred.

NIDA offers several work-life benefits including flexible work schedules (remote or maximum telework), as well as programs designed to foster a diverse and supportive workplace.

For additional information about this position and how to apply, please contact Dr. Sam Ananthan at