NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship Post-Doctoral Candidate Application

National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program Intramural Training Research Award
National Institutes of Health
National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Office of the Director, Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety

Application Deadline: Close of Business July 1, 2022

Fellowship Start Date: October 31, 2022

Position Description

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP)/Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship is a two-year program designed to train fellows specifically to support high containment research environments by acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to meet the scientific, regulatory, biocontainment, biosafety, engineering, communications, management, and public relations challenges associated with the conduct of research in these facilities. NBBTP/IRTA Fellows do not engage in any primary patient care activities.

The mission of the NBBTP/IRTA is to prepare 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.

Post-Doctoral Candidate Qualifications

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Individuals with a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DDS, DVM, or the equivalent) and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree before the NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship start date.
  • Microbiology and/or research laboratory experience combined with excellent professional performance.
  • Outstanding professional, and academic recommendations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in the English language (for non-native English speakers).
  • Willing to relocate to the Bethesda, MD area for two years.
  • Available to travel to participate in multi-week assignments.

Physical Requirements

Participation in this program requires moderate physical activity in assisting with laboratory or other equipment. Walking, stooping, standing, bending, kneeling, and climbing steps. Occasional lifting or carrying of moderately heavy items between 14-44 lbs. and frequently under 15 lbs. is required. Computer work requires long periods of sitting. The work involves performance of surveys and onsite visits to laboratory and maintenance facilities necessitating prolonged periods of walking and standing.

The work environment is often in the office or meeting room setting. There may be instances where evaluations are required in the operations and maintenance or laboratory workplace. Work requires the use of a respirator or PAPR and other personal protective equipment such as hearing, eye, laboratory gloves, gowns, and shoe coverings.

Some outside training and work assignments may have additional minimum physical and protective equipment requirements.

Vaccination may be required as a condition of the Fellowship or for certain biological agents utilized in research laboratories at the NIH

Read more about the NBBTP/IRTA program and eligibility requirements.  

To Apply

Please send a brief cover letter describing your research experience and interests along with a curriculum vitae (CV), contact information for three references (at least one professional and at least one academic reference; no personal references accepted). Please also including an essay as follows:

Biosafety professionals are key players in fostering a culture of safety and strong research compliance and integrity within the scientific community. Sometimes this role can be challenging as some do not always view the safety professional as a partner. Safety professionals typically have a reason for what draws them to safety as a profession.  Please describe in no more than 500 words what draws you to the biosafety field, how you think a successful partnership with stakeholders is cultivated, and what that success looks like in practice? (Limit to 500 words/3,075 characters)

Send to NBBTP@nih.gov with the subject “NBBTP Application.”

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