Jan 13, 2020

Chief, Individual Behavioral Processes Branch

  • National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging
  • 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD, USA
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Job Description

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.

Employer

National Institute on Aging/NIH

Department

Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR)

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