Neurological Health and Human Performance Program Manager


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Program Manager for Neurological Health and Human Performance.

Job Summary:

The Neurological Health and Human Performance Program (NHHP) takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the brain and translating this knowledge to improve the health and resilience of both civilian and military populations. Accomplishments in this Program will improve function in people limited by injury or disease, enhance individual and team performance, enable early identification and treatment of brain injury, allow clinicians to personalize therapies and treatments, and help maximize performance in stressful environments.

JHU/APL is seeking a NHHP Program Manager to:

  • Develop and cultivate the program mission and vision
  • Create and sustain a culture of technical excellence through innovation, and
  • Build a dynamic, motivated team dedicated to advancing neurological health research and applications.

Specific topics of focus include:

  • Neurobiology / Neurophysiology / Neurotechnology
  • Brain computer interface
  • Neuromodulation
  • Targeted brain stimulation
  • Biomarker sensor technology

This individual must work to develop project ideas and sustaining trusted relationships with the sponsor community, both civilian and military, to include the US Government, private industry, academic partners and others.

Job duties:

1)Provide technical thought leadership and project leadership and management for the Neurological Health and Human Performance projects. Translate the sponsor's needs into targeted, innovative solutions and a plan of execution strategy. Develop and foster a trusted relationship with sponsor representatives (e.g., technical leaders, contracts personnel). Review and finalize program deliverables to ensure they meet sponsor needs. Conduct regular technical reviews and identify areas of risk and mitigation in accordance with project requirements. Review and approve APL- generated products (key findings, presentations, reports, manuscripts).

2)Mentor Project Managers and Technical Leads by providing project guidance and establishing technical direction. Directly communicate progress and key findings to sponsors and the scientific community via presentations, reports and publications.

3)Work with associated Program Area Manager and Program Managers in conceptualizing and pursuing new research and development initiatives to support APL's Research and Applications Program Area and the larger National Health Mission Area. Develop and compose proposals that effectively communicate Neurological Health and Human Performance capabilities, concepts and research approach.

4)Develop and maintain a vision and strategy for the Neurological Health and Human Performance Program. Seek new ideas and derivative efforts to foster future program initiatives.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS or equivalent in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, behavioral health, applied mathematics, electrical engineering, or similar technical field with 8 years professional experience.
  • At least 5 years of relevant program management experience with a proven record of success in developing concepts and successfully securing sponsored research efforts.
  • Strong demonstrated skills in leadership of multi-disciplinary technical teams, organization, and planning to include the ability to manage cost, schedule and performance through the full lifecycle of a project.
  • Strategic thinker with ability to interact with all levels of staff and management including senior leadership of government agencies and academic institutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

Advanced degree in behavioral health, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or similar technical field.


Eligibility to obtain Top Secret security clearance required. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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