Postdoctoral fellows (postdocs) at NIAID engage in advanced research at the forefront of immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases while gaining access to outstanding career and professional support. Postdocs conduct research in NIAID laboratories located in Maryland and Montana (Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton), providing a unique scientific research training environment in basic, translational, and clinical research. Upon completion, scientists progress to independent positions in academia, industry, government, and private organizations.
Read more about the Division of Intramural Research and the Vaccine Research Center. Find more information about postdoctoral training opportunities from the NIH Office of Training and Education (OITE).
More about Postdoctoral Research Training on this page:
- NIAID Postdoc Application System
- Who Can Apply
- How to Apply
- Funding Opportunities
- Featured Postdoctoral Training Programs
Submit your application materials and NIAID principal investigators (PIs) can find you! The NIAID Postdoc Application System allows interested candidates to submit application materials for NIAID PIs to search and view - PIs can then contact potential candidates for their lab.
Applicants must have
- A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or equivalent graduate degree)
- Completed most recent doctoral degree within the past five years
- Less than five years of relevant research experience since award of most recent doctoral degree
Note: Available appointments may differ based on citizenship and postdoctoral experience. Refer to OITE for more information.
Postdoctoral trainees are appointed through the NIH Intramural Training Award (IRTA) or Visiting Fellow (VF) Program.
There are three ways to apply for postdoctoral positions at NIAID:
- Submit application materials through the NIAID Postdoc Application System
- View currently listed postdoctoral positions.
- Contact an NIAID principal investigator directly; many positions are not formally listed.
Prospective postdocs are encouraged to contact investigators directly, regardless of whether a position has been listed. You can explore NIAID research and learn about different labs in the Division of Intramural Research and the Vaccine Research Center. Refer to OITE for more information about finding a mentor at the NIH.
For specific questions, contact the Office of Research Training & Development directly.
The majority of postdocs at NIAID are supported by the IRTA and VF fellowships. Current postdocs at NIAID and elsewhere may also be eligible to apply for other postdoctoral fellowships at NIH or training and career development grants.
See more information about these funding opportunities: