Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research


National Institute on Aging/ NIH


Bethesda, Maryland


Application Process: Application Process: Application packages are to include a CV with bibliography and a statement addressing the qualifications and interest in the position. Application packages can be submitted via email at or by mail to National Institute on Aging, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 31/Suite 2C02, Bethesda, MD 20892, Attention: Pamela Anderson.  All application materials must be received by August 30, 2019. For further information about the application process, please contact Pamela Anderson at or by phone at 301-451-8386. For specific questions about the position, please contact Dr. William Riley at


The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR). The division supports behavioral and social research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level. In addition, DBSR fosters cross-disciplinary research at multiple levels, from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational. Specific areas of interest include the following: behavioral medicine and interventions; behavioral genetics of aging; cognitive aging; demography and epidemiology; health economics of aging; family and interpersonal relationships; psychological development and integrative science; population genetics of aging; and influence of health systems on health outcomes. The director is responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating extramural and collaborative research and training in the two DBSR branches, individual behavioral processes and population and social processes.

The director of DBSR is responsible for collaborating with other NIA divisions, NIH institutes and centers, and other federal agencies in the coordination and support of relevant scientific activities. This includes working with the NIA’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison in developing material for distribution to Congress, scientists, and the public.

In addition, the director will maintain liaisons with leading medical and scientific directors, private organizations, and professional societies and with leading researchers and clinicians in research on normal and abnormal brain aging. The director will also be responsible for liaising with various industry groups as a participant, panelist, and/or spokesperson as may be required from time to time. The ideal candidate should be comfortable with speaking publicly, to the news media (print and broadcast) and to various groups of influencers about the activities of the NIA, the current state of the science, research investments and projects, and the role of the NIA in helping to shape them.

Salary is commensurate with experience and a full package of civil service benefits is available. All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NIA search process without a signed release from candidates. 

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.



Applicants must possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D., or equivalent degree in the behavioral and/or social sciences with broad senior-level experience in one or more of the following fields: psychology; demography; economics; sociology; epidemiology; medicine, etc. Multidisciplinary expertise that combines interactions in social, economic, psychological, and biological factors with heath outcomes related to aging is desirable.

Expertise in areas such as cognition, bio-demography of aging; neuro-economics; social neuroscience; behavior change; and behavioral genetics would be relevant. Candidates should be recognized within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as distinguished individuals of outstanding scientific competence and should demonstrate through their experience that they have provided oversight for the quality, scientific productivity, and management of a research program in the behavioral and social sciences.