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).
NEW! NIAID Postdoc Application System
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.
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 four ways to apply for postdoctoral positions at NIAID:
- Submit an application through the NIAID Postdoc Application System
- 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.
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?
“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.