National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging

The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) supports social, behavioral, and economic research and training on the processes of aging at the individual and societal levels. BSR fosters cross-disciplinary research, from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational.

BSR offers a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with opportunities to develop research initiatives; cultivate a portfolio of grant-supported research; lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations; and develop scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues, conferences, and workshops).

Jan 13, 2020
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR), seeks a senior behavioral or psychological scientist to serve as Chief of the Individual Behavioral Processes Branch (IBP) (https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dbsr/individual-behavioral-processes-branch). The Branch Chief will lead a talented group of professionals in fostering innovative grant-supported research and research training in basic and translational behavioral and biobehavioral science on life course development, adaptive aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. Major Duties include: • Supervising and providing scientific leadership to six professional staff members responsible for the development of cutting edge, aging-relevant research and training initiatives in the behavioral and psychological sciences. • Evaluating progress, assessing scientific opportunities, and proposing future program emphases in support of the NIA mission. The IBP portfolio encompasses basic and translational research on behavior change and behavioral interventions, cognitive and emotional functioning, behavior genetics and sociogenomics, technology and human factors, family and interpersonal relationships, and integrative biobehavioral research on the pathways linking social and behavioral factors to health in mid-life and older age. • Contributing to and leading trans-NIH initiatives in behavioral and biobehavioral sciences related to health. • Communicating NIA program emphases to diverse audiences. • Presenting and justifying funding plans to NIA leaders and the National Advisory Council on Aging. • Identifying significant research findings and communicating results to NIA leadership and other audiences, both professional and public. • Serving as Program Officer for a portfolio of research and research training grants in areas of particular interest and expertise. • Serving as or supervising the NIA Project Scientist of major research initiatives supported by BSR, such as the Midlife in the United States Study and/or the Science of Behavior Change Coordinating Center.
National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD, USA Full time
Jan 13, 2020
The Individual Behavioral Processes Branch (IBP) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is recruiting a dynamic and experienced psychological or behavioral scientist to manage and develop a portfolio of innovative grant-supported research and research training in psychological development and integrative science. BSR offers a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with opportunities to develop research initiatives; cultivate a portfolio of grant-supported research; lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations; and develop scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues, conferences, and workshops). The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for developing and managing a portfolio of research grants on integrative approaches to understanding psychological aging, with a focus on biobehavioral and biosocial mechanisms or process that contribute to optimal aging outcomes. Topics include personality and non-cognitive skills, emotional function, subjective well-being, stress processes, and the impact – and potential reversibility – of early life adversity on aging-relevant outcomes. The portfolio emphasizes research combining multiple levels of analysis and examining reciprocal interactions among these levels with potential to delineate the basic mechanisms governing these behaviors and processes. Examples include (1) research on the neurobiological and physiological pathways through which psychosocial stress impacts behavior and physical or psychological health, (2) biobehavioral research on affective and socioemotional influences on behavioral and functional aging, and (3) the biobehavioral processes that support optimal aging, resilience, and well-being. Behavioral phenotypes (e.g. personality, self-regulation, affect) and social/interpersonal relationships are investigated as causal variables and as mediators or moderators of the relation between behavioral and social factors and aging-relevant outcomes. Research that takes a life course perspective on these topics is emphasized. Responsibilities include: • Scientific administration throughout the grants process, including reviewing and approving progress reports. • Identifying significant research findings and communicating results to NIA leadership and other audiences. • Proposing future program emphases and developing Funding Opportunity Announcements. • Communicating about NIA program emphases and the NIH grant process to the research community. • Presenting and justifying funding plans to NIA leaders and the National Advisory Council on Aging. • Participating in initiatives related to the NIA Strategic Plan, working with NIA and NIH colleagues, staff from other agencies, and stakeholders from the private sector and other levels of government.
National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD, USA Full time