Health Science Policy Analyst/Social and Behavioral Science Analyst - Detail

Opportunity Description

The NIDA OSPC Science Policy Branch (SPB) is seeking one candidate at the GS-12-14 level to participate in a 120-day detail opportunity to help the branch fulfill its core responsibilities.

The detail experiences will support the core functions of the branch and will focus on such areas as, but not limited to:   Reading, reviewing, synthesizing and analyzing scientific literature on topics of interest to the IC; preparing documents (talking points, briefs) summarizing and communicating findings clearly for scientific and non-scientific audiences; coordinating and preparing responses to scientific or policy inquiries from the public, Congress, NIH leadership, or other federal agencies; ; maintaining an knowledge of scientific research and policy related to substance use and addiction by reviewing relevant articles, attending seminars and conferences, and participating in meetings of relevant professional organizations; conveying pertinent information with recommendations for action to OSPC and NIDA leadership; reviewing and clearing new NIDA web content for scientific accuracy, manuscripts by NIDA authors for policy issues, and a variety of documents (by NIH or other federal agencies) for scientific and policy issues relevant to NIDA.

Office Location

  • Full time remote eligible or telework eligible, 3WFN, 11601 Landsdown Street, North Bethesda, MD

Knowledge and Skills Needed


  • Employees at the GS-12/13/14 level (or equivalent for Commissioned Corps) are eligible to apply. The final selection will be subject to supervisory approval of the employee’s immediate supervisor of record. 
  • Applicants must have graduate-level training (e.g., a Ph.D., M.D., R.N., M.S., MPH) with specialized and relevant knowledge in biomedical research, research communications, stakeholder engagement/external affairs, and/or public health issues.

Highly Desirable Skills: 

Candidates should have strong writing and analytical skills and welcome the challenge of developing compelling and scientifically accurate written products for non-expert audiences. They should also be comfortable managing competing priorities and responding to requests with tight deadlines. 

Additional Information

The detail is reimbursable and available on a full-time basis, pending approval by the candidate’s Institute/Agency.

Individuals who are interested in applying should send a resume/curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to and by June 14. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

Office Description

The Science Policy Branch provides scientific leadership and advice on a wide range of substance use research and policy issues: synthesizes and disseminates information about NIDA-supported science and programmatic activities; identifies, analyzes, and prepares briefing materials on behalf of the Institute; provides timely responses to inquiries from Congress, other public agencies, professional organizations, and the public; develops and provides scientific review of NIDA publications and multimedia initiatives; monitors and coordinates NIDA’s response to broad policy issues related to drug use and addiction, and coordinates NIDA’s strategic planning, performance reporting, program evaluation, and OMB clearance for NIDA-sponsored data collections.