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Program Officer: Digital Health and Technology Solutions

Society of Epidemic Research
Bethesda, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 28, 2021

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Science and Technology Studies
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Program Officer: Digital Health and Technology Solutions Description

The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) offers a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with opportunities to engage the scientific community and support innovative social, behavioral, psychological, and economic research in aging and Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease related dementias.

Program Officers in BSR 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).

This Program Officer position is within BSR's Individual Behavioral Processes Branch, which supports research programs on psychological, behavioral, and interpersonal processes of relevance to aging. This includes research on mechanisms of 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 mechanistic pathways linking social and behavioral factors to health in mid-life and older age. The portfolio is highly interdisciplinary, linking methods and approaches from psychology with those of economics, anthropology, neuroscience, and genetics, including studies conducted in wild and captive animal models. It supports two Centers programs and numerous research networks, including the trans-NIH Science of Behavior Change research network.

The successful candidate will support innovative research on digital health technologies and AI-based tools to promote adaptive and successful aging. The candidate will have responsibility for developing aging and Alzheimer's-related research in areas such as mobile health (mHealth), passive sensing and ecological momentary assessment via wearables, affective computing, ubiquitous computing, health information technology, telemedicine, and the development of just-in-time adaptive behavioral interventions. Research goals include the integration of behavioral, environmental, and biological data, as well as the promotion of health equity through the development of tools for use in diverse settings.

PhD, MD, or doctoral equivalent and substantial research training in the behavioral or social sciences and/or related fields.
Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Prior experience in aging research is ideal, but not required.
US citizenship required.

Please direct questions to Interested candidates are encouraged to send a CV and a sample publication to We will contact you when the formal job announcement is posted on
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