Postdoctoral Research Training

Carrie Long, Postdoctoral Fellow - Laboratory of Bacteriology at NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML)


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 (Bethesda, Rockville, and Frederick) 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 Vaccine Research Center. Find more information about postdoctoral training opportunities from the NIH Office of Training and Education (OITE).

Who Can Apply

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.

Background Check

In order to be approved for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85 (read SF-85). NOTE: Section 14 of the form asks "In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?" The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.

How To Apply

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:

  • View currently listed postdoctoral positions.
  • Contact an NIAID principal investigator directly; many positions are not formally listed.
  • Apply to established NIH postdoctoral programs.

Prospective postdocs are encouraged to contact investigators directly, regardless of whether a position has been listed. Refer to OITE for more information on making an application.

For specific questions, contact the Predoctoral/Postdoctoral/Visiting Fellow Program Manager.

Funding Opportunities

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, including faculty support.

See more information about these funding opportunities:

Featured Postdoctoral Training Programs

The Rocky Mountain Laboratories-Bethesda Postdoctoral Fellowship (RML-Bethesda) Program
A collaborative partnership program between NIAID laboratories located in Montana (Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton) and Maryland (Bethesda, Rockville, and Frederick). 

NIAID Emerging Leaders in Data Sciences Fellowship Program
This fellowship program addresses a critical need at NIAID for expertise in data science and ability to apply those skills to the NIAID mission. 

NIAID Technology Transfer Fellowship Program
NIAID offers a technology transfer fellowship program to provide opportunities to qualified candidates in the exciting and expanding career field known as technology transfer. The program enables individuals to complement their science, business, and/or legal background with experience in technology transfer.

NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program (CBSTP) - Combined Pathology & Research Training
A comparative molecular pathology training program for doctors of veterinary medicine, incorporating veterinary medicine and pathology with training in human biomedical research.

NIGMS - Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program
A competitive three-year postdoctoral fellowship program that provides high quality research training in the basic biomedical sciences in NIH intramural research laboratories.

Fogarty International Center - African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI)
A partnership between NIH, the African Academy of Sciences, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation.

Why Do Your Postdoctoral Training at NIAID?

Davide Angeletti Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden


“I was fortunate enough to conduct a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at NIAID with Dr. Jonathan Yewdell. The best memory of my time at NIAID was the terrific scientific environment and the critical concentration of brilliant minds. In addition to this, resources were almost unlimited, with the only limit to experimental work being my imagination. In particular, Dr. Yewdell is an exceptional mentor who allows postdoctoral fellows to pursue their scientific ideas independently while offering guidance and resources. One of the best things about the NIH is the fantastic community of scientists willing to collaborate, work together, or simply offer advice. The critical mass of fantastic research performed motivated me to strive for excellence and constantly encouraged me to do better.

Thanks to this great environment, and without the pressure to find grant support, I could solely focus on doing my research to the best of my ability. Through hard work and dedication, I was able to use my time at NIH to build my CV, foster collaborations, and increase my international reputation. It is thanks to these skills acquired in the lab of Dr. Yewdell that I was able to obtain my current position as tenure track assistant professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. It is my hope that I will be able to implement at least some of the positive attributes from NIH in my current department and to be a good mentor to my future students/fellows in the same inspirational ways as I have been mentored at NIAID.”  - Davide Angeletti, Ph.D.


Contact Information

For specific questions, contact the Predoctoral/Postdoctoral/Visiting Fellow Program Manager.

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