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Applied Behavioral Scientists
Behavior and Social Research

National Institute on Aging

Bethesda, MD
Seeking Applied Behavioral Scientist to Join the National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is recruiting a dynamic and experienced psychological or behavioral scientist with academic training and expertise related to behavioral medicine, mechanisms of behavior change, and the design and conduct of behavioral and/or community interventions. The person hired for this position will play a major role in shaping the scientific agenda at the National Institute on Aging in behavior change and the development of novel interventions for adaptive aging. Our job announcement was posted today, Monday, May 5, 2014. The vacancy closes on May 14, 2014.

Applications are submitted through usajobs.gov at the following links:
For all US Citizens: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/368968500
For Federal Employees: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/368967700

The successful candidate will play a leading role in the implementation of a research agenda to advance the next generation of interventions for healthy aging, with a particular focus on translating recent advances in use-inspired basic behavioral science. Applicants should have experience working at the intersection of behavioral, social and biomedical sciences, e.g. psychology, economics, neuroscience, medicine, genetics, epidemiology, or sociology/demography. Prior experience in aging research is not required.

The NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) supports social, behavioral, and economic research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level. BSR fosters cross-disciplinary research, at multiple levels from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational. The IBP branch supports research and training on health and behavior, cognitive and emotional functioning, technology and human factors, and integrative approaches to the study of social, psychological, genetic and physiological influences on health and well-being over the full life course, with emphasis on midlife and older age, and on early life (including prenatal) influences on later life outcomes. To learn more about BSR, please visit: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dbsr.

Psychological and behavioral scientists in NIA/BSR enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with ample opportunities to develop research and funding initiatives; cultivate a diverse portfolio of grant-supported research; lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations among public, private, and academic stakeholders; and, develop national and international scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops).

Psychological/behavioral scientists are encouraged to engage in independent or collaborative research, present findings at scientific meetings, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals. It is possible to devote up to 20% of one’s time to research.
NIA is recruiting at the junior and senior academic levels. The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. and substantial research training in psychological and biobehavioral sciences and/or related fields. Candidates with strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills are sought.

The work site is the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland. Salaries will be competitive and commensurate with experience; excellent benefits will be provided. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

For additional information contact:
Lisbeth Nielsen, PhD
Chief, Individual Behavioral Processes Branch/BSR/NIA/NIH
Phone: (301) 402-4156; Email: nielsenli@nia.nih.gov

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

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