Exciting Detail Opportunity at NIDA Office of Science Policy and Communications, Science Policy Branch

The NIDA Office of Science Policy and Communications, Science Policy Branch is looking for a candidate who would relish the opportunity to apply their expertise in neuroscience or public health to address longstanding issues of disparity and lack of access in treating addiction, in the rapidly changing policy landscape around drug use. If you’re interested in tackling challenging policy issues at the intersection of health, discrimination, justice and cutting-edge science, this new detail opportunity at NIDA might be right for you. This position also offers the chance to work closely with the Executive Office of the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, other HHS agencies, and other federal and non-federal entities.

Candidates should have a background in neuroscience, and experience in (or desire to learn) legislative affairs, policy, and evaluation. This detail would be ideal for a scientist considering moving to a policy or legislative affairs role. Expected tasks include:

  • Coordinating and preparing responses to scientific or policy inquiries from the public, Congress, NIH leadership, or other federal agencies
  • Reading, reviewing, analyzing, and synthesizing scientific literature on topics of interest to NIDA (often pertaining to opioids and opioid use disorder); preparing documents (talking points, briefs) summarizing and communicating findings clearly for scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Representing NIDA on external (to NIH) working groups

This is a 120-day full-time reimbursable detail opportunity. The anticipated start date is late March/early April.

Interested candidates should send a resume/curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to emily.einstein@nih.gov and jessica.cotto@nih.gov by March 17.