Tenure Track Translational Investigator Position

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
Salary commensurate with experience.
October 27 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

                                     Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


Tenure Track Translational Investigator Position


The Intramural Research Program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is looking to recruit a tenure-track scientist to develop an independent combined translational and clinical research program. We are seeking an outstanding physician scientist whose research interests could include, but are not restricted to, endocrinology, clinical genetics, genomics, biochemical genetics and metabolism, neurogenetics, neurodevelopment, development of therapies for rare pediatric diseases or research related to women’s health. The candidates clinical and basic/translational research plans should be aligned with the NICHD strategic plan (https://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/strategicplan). Research alignment with basic science currently being conducted in the NICHD intramural research program is desirable, but research projects on newly evolving fields are also welcome. Areas of basic science strength in the intramural research program of NICHD include developmental biology, cell and structural biology, genomics and gene regulation and neurosciences (https://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/dir)

The NICHD Intramural Research Program offers many unique opportunities for investigators:

  • Research programs are fully supported by the intramural research program of NICHD.  Support includes investigator’s salary, start-up funding, laboratory space, funded positions for staff and trainees, and a research budget commensurate with the proposed research program and sufficient to foster success.  Tenure-track investigators have access to state-of-the-art NICHD core facilities.
  • Salary will be consistent with experience and accomplishments. A full civil-service package of benefits (including retirement; health, life, and long-term care insurance; Thrift Savings Plan) is available.
  • Clinical research, including clinical support personnel, is supported by the NICHD Office of the Clinical Director.  Investigators have access to the NIH Hatfield Clinical Research Center’s facilities for human investigation (see http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/).
  • Although opportunities exist, there are no general clinical or teaching obligations.
  • Researchers join the broader campus of 23 institutes with over 1,100 principal investigators (including 220 junior tenure-track investigators) and over 4,000 trainees, providing excellent opportunities for collaboration and access to the world-class core facilities of the broader NIH community.

Qualifications/eligibility:  Applicants must have an M.D. degree, be board-eligible or board-certified in a subspecialty (or equivalent) and qualify for credentialing by the NIH Clinical Center.  The ability to carry out creative, independent work is essential. At least two years of basic laboratory experience is required. Strong preference will be given to individuals with doctoral or postdoctoral laboratory research experience.  Applicants should have an established track record of accomplishments with high-quality publications in peer-reviewed journals.   

How to apply: Applicants must submit a CV, a three-page description of proposed research, and have three letters of reference submitted on their behalf. Please highlight in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial, ethnic, or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Please note that the NIH has a special opportunity to support outstanding researchers who have a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in science, the NIH Distinguished Scholars Program.

Applications should be submitted to nichddirsearch@mail.nih.gov with the subject line “Translational Research.” Letters of reference should be emailed to the same address directly by referees, with the subject line “Reference Translational Research [Applicant Last Name], [Applicant First Name] [Referee Last Name]”. 

Applications for the NICHD Translational Investigator position will be reviewed on a continuous basis after December 15, 2020. Interviews of qualified applicants will begin in January 2021, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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