Health Science Policy Analyst - Detail opportunity for current NIH employees

General Position Information:

  • Health Science Policy Analyst GS-0601-12/13
  • Open Date: 5/17/2022
  • Close Date: 5/27/2022
  • Desired Start Date: 6/6/2022

Office Description/Functional Statement: The Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), located in the NIH Office of the Director, manages the NIH Common Fund. The Common Fund supports bold scientific programs that catalyze discovery across all biomedical, social, and behavioral research. Our initiatives are intended to be high-impact and may accelerate emerging science, enhance the research workforce, or remove research roadblocks. More information about our programs’ goals and achievements is at  

OSC is seeking a part-time or full-time detailee (note that this an internal-to-NIH position) who would work as part of the OSC Strategic Planning, Evaluation, and Communications Team. The candidate would carry out strategic communication and evaluation efforts for a sub-group of Common Fund programs that range broadly in topic from acute and chronic pain to diversity of the NIH-funded workforce.

Candidates will be expected to perform activities such as:

  • Developing messages appropriate for scientific and lay audiences pertaining to Common Fund programs.  
  • Planning and conducting outreach to research communities. 
  • Writing summaries and reports of exciting research findings from Common Fund programs for diverse audiences, including NIH senior staff, Congress, the scientific community, and the general public. 
  • Creating content for program web pages and social media (note that experience maintaining a website is not necessary for this detail).
  • Conducting analyses of NIH, and external research portfolios to identify research and workforce trends and gaps to assist in program planning and management. 
  • Preparing materials summarizing evaluative data for a variety of audiences, including NIH senior staff, members of Congress, and the general public. 

Knowledge and Skills Needed:
At least a bachelor’s degree in a biomedical field. Specific sub-field expertise are not necessary as Common Fund programs can fall anywhere within the NIH mission.

Other desired skills: expertise in and enthusiasm for science communication targeted towards a broad range of audiences; ability to learn quickly about multiple areas of NIH-related research; flexibility to adjust rapidly to changing priorities; ability to build collaborative relationships; strong quantitative analysis skills with demonstrated experience in evaluative activities preferred; a strong sense of initiative to identify, evaluate, and propose solutions to programmatic challenges; and excellent written and oral communication skills

Additional Information: The detail is reimbursable and available on a part-time or full-time basis, pending approval by the candidate's Institute, Center, or Office.

How to Apply: Individuals who are currently NIH employees and who are interested in applying should access the NIH Internal Opportunities Board announcement.

This page last reviewed on May 18, 2022