Postdoctoral Research Training

Carrie Long, former postdoc in the Coxiella Pathogenesis Section of the Laboratory of Bacteriology at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML)

Credit: NIAID

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).

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 Coordinator.

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. 

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.

National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program Intramural Research Training Award (NBBTP/IRTA)
The NBBTP/IRTA fellowship prepares biosafety and biocontainment professionals of the highest caliber to meet the needs of the biomedical emerging disease and civilian biodefense research communities through the 21st century.

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?





Photo of Pedro H Gazzinelli-Guimaraes MSc., Ph.D.

Pedro H Gazzinelli-Guimaraes M.Sc., Ph.D., postdoc in the Helminth Immunology Section of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases.

Credit
NIAID

“Completing my postdoc at NIAID has allowed me to contribute meaningfully to my field of research, and to influence a number of global health goals.” - Pedro Guimaraes-Gazzinelli, M.Sc., Ph.D.  Read more about Pedro’s research and what other postdocs had to say about their research and what they like most about working at NIAID on Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020.

Contact Information

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

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