Project Director, HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study (HBCD)

The Division of Extramural Research (DER), within the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) seeks applications from exceptional candidates to serve as the Project Director of the HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study (HBCD)

The HBCD Study Project Director sets scientific priorities, makes high-level decisions about the overall scientific direction, and works closely with the HBCD program and grants management officials to approve resource allocations for the approximately $50M/year budget. The HBCD Study Project Director also formulates major overall scientific policies as it relates to research across all phases of the HBCD Study and advises the highest levels of NIH and NIDA leadership in major areas of importance for overall program direction. Reporting directly to the DER Director, the HBCD Study Project Director, collaborates with representatives from multiple NIH Institutes/Centers and consults with stakeholders, including families, educators, professional organizations, services and offices serving pregnant woman and children, and other governmental agencies; and serves as spokesperson for the NIH with the scientific community, press, and public. 

Qualifications - Required

  • A doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) in a biological science 
  • Recognized leader and expert in a field relevant to neurodevelopment, brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience, population studies; and/or drug misuse and addiction 
  • Ability to lead staff, including an outstanding ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated effective leadership abilities, and excellent communication skills with the ability to serve as a spokesperson for the Institute and the program, including on sensitive ethical issues related to the goals of HBCD program.   

Applications must be received by December 15, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.  See the full  vacancy announcement for more details. For questions about the position, please contact the search committee chair: Shelli Avenevoli (