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.
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.
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 Sydella Blatch, NIAID Training Office Predoctoral/Postdoctoral/Visiting Fellow Program Manager.
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:
Why Do Your Postdoctoral Training at NIAID?
“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.