Jobs at NICHD

NICHD relies on its diverse staff of world-class researchers, executives, administrators, communicators, and others to advance its public health mission.

Current Extramural Openings

Branch Chief (3 Positions)

FIB encourages, enables, and supports research aimed at alleviating human infertility, uncovering new possible pathways to control fertility, and expanding fundamental knowledge of processes that underlie human reproduction. FIB funds basic, clinical, and translational studies to enhance our understanding of normal reproduction and reproductive pathophysiology, as well as to enable the development of more effective strategies for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of conditions that compromise male and female fertility.

FIB is seeking a chief with broad knowledge of reproductive science, including reproductive biology and medicine, and a strong background in health science administration. A candidate with excellent communication and strong leadership skills is expected. The successful candidate will need the ability to define the scientific vision for the branch and find ways to implement that vision through the stimulation of research, research training, and research resources.

NICHD has begun implementation of its strategic plan to guide activities over the next 5 years, with Promoting Gynecologic, Andrologic, and Reproductive Health as a Scientific Research Theme. Through implementation of this plan, the successful candidate will be able to shape scientific research opportunities that will directly affect the field, biomedical science, and public health for years to come.

For additional information about this position, please contact Dr. Rohan Hazra.

NICHD will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position. Submissions will be accepted until an applicant is selected.

GHDB aims to improve women’s reproductive health by guiding and supporting gynecologic research and career development programs. The branch portfolio includes studies of healthy functioning endometrium and menstruation, as well as gynecologic disorders including endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids, gynecologic pain¸ and polycystic ovary syndrome. The branch has an interest in pelvic organ prolapse as well as urinary and fecal incontinence related to pelvic floor dysfunction. Obstetric fistula and female genital cutting, which affect international and U.S. immigrant communities, are also areas of interest.

GHDB is seeking a chief who has a strong background in gynecologic health in women and adolescent girls, with additional expertise in clinical research, including large, multicenter clinical trials. Knowledge and experience with basic science methods and topics applicable to the study of gynecologic health and disease would be a plus. A candidate with excellent communication and strong leadership skills is expected. The successful candidate will need the ability to define the scientific vision for the branch and find ways to implement that vision through the stimulation of research, research training, and research resources.

NICHD recently finalized its strategic plan to guide activities over the next 5 years. As implementation begins, the successful candidate will be able to shape scientific research opportunities that will directly affect the field, biomedical science, and public health for years to come.

For additional information about this position, please contact Dr. Rohan Hazra.

NICHD will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position. Submissions will be accepted until an applicant is selected.

MPIDB supports domestic and international research, as well as research training and career development programs related to the epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical manifestations, pathogenesis, transmission, treatment, and prevention of HIV and its complications in infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant and nonpregnant people. To meet the needs and ongoing challenges of other significant infectious diseases, MPIDB also coordinates research on the epidemiology, natural history, pathogenesis, transmission, treatment, and prevention of congenital infections, such as Zika virus and cytomegalovirus; emerging infectious diseases, such as COVID-19; and vaccine-preventable disease in infants, children, adolescents, and women.     

MPIDB seeks a candidate who has a strong background in infectious disease research among maternal and pediatric populations and experience in health science administration. A candidate with excellent communication and strong leadership skills is expected. The successful candidate will need the ability to define the scientific vision for the branch and find ways to implement that vision through the stimulation of research, research training, and research resources.

NICHD recently finalized its strategic plan to guide activities over the next 5 years. As implementation begins, the successful candidate will be able to shape scientific research opportunities that will directly affect the field, biomedical science, and public health for years to come.

For additional information about this position, please contact Dr. Rohan Hazra.

NICHD will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position. Submissions will be accepted until an applicant is selected.

Scientific Review Officer

SRB is responsible for a broad range of functions related to planning and conducting initial review of numerous types of grant applications and technical merit evaluation of contract proposals in the following areas:

  • Demography, social sciences, and population dynamics
  • Male and female fertility and infertility
  • Development and evaluation of contraceptive methods
  • Improvement of women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Reduction of birth complications and increase of infant survival
  • Enhancement of the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals for use in pregnant women, infants, and children
  • HIV acquisition and transmission, AIDS, and associated infections
  • Pediatric growth and endocrine research
  • Child development and behavior
  • Developmental biology and typical and atypical development
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Gynecologic health conditions, including pelvic floor disorders
  • Childhood injury and critical illness

SRB is seeking a scientific review officer who can employ strong leadership, collaborative, and communication skills in managing standing review committees and temporary scientific review groups, recruiting extramural scientists as peer reviewers, and providing policy direction and coordination for planning and conducting initial scientific and technical merit reviews for grant applications and contract proposals. The candidate should have completed all requirements for a doctoral-level degree (Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent) in a pertinent academic field.

NICHD has begun implementation of its strategic plan to guide activities over the next 5 years. As implementation begins, the successful candidate will be able to shape scientific research opportunities that will directly affect the field, biomedical science, and public health for years to come.

NICHD will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is not a supervisory position.

Program Officer (3 Positions)

CDBB supports research and training to understand the neurodevelopmental, psychological, behavioral, physical, and social-emotional development and health of infants, children and adolescents; explore how individual differences in development arise from genetic and environmental risk/protective factors; and inform prevention, intervention, and health promotion efforts designed to enhance their lives.

For its Language Development and Multilingualism research program, CDBB seeks a program officer to develop and maintain a research portfolio that supports and encourages research on primary and secondary language acquisition and the interrelated changes in brain structure/function underlying complex behaviors and cognition associated with neurodevelopmental milestones as well as the social and environmental factors that impair or enhance the developmental trajectories supporting language acquisition and bilingual development in home, child care, preschool, school, and community settings.

The candidate should have a strong background in developmental cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging—especially in infancy and early childhood—and a deep knowledge of research in developmental psychology, primary and secondary language acquisition, bilingualism, and psycholinguistics.

NICHD recently finalized its strategic plan to guide activities over the next 5 years. As implementation begins, the successful candidate will be able to shape scientific research opportunities that will directly affect the field, biomedical science, and public health for years to come.

NICHD will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is not a supervisory position. For additional information about this position, contact nichd-der-info@mail.nih.gov with a resume and letter of interest.

MPIDB supports domestic and international research as well as research training and career development programs related to the epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical manifestations, pathogenesis, transmission, treatment, and prevention of HIV and its complications in infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant and nonpregnant people. To meet the needs and ongoing challenges of other significant infectious diseases, MPIDB also coordinates research on the epidemiology, natural history, pathogenesis, transmission, treatment, and prevention of congenital infections, such as Zika virus and cytomegalovirus; emerging infectious diseases, such as COVID-19; and vaccine-preventable disease in infants, children, adolescents, and women.

MPIDB is seeking a program officer with a background in pediatrics, infectious disease, and/or women’s reproductive health—with special emphasis on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases pertinent to mother and infant—molecular and developmental immunology, vaccines, and pediatric clinical trials. Strong collaborative skills are also desired for this position.

NICHD recently finalized its strategic plan to guide activities over the next 5 years. As implementation begins, the successful candidate will be able to shape scientific research opportunities that will directly affect the field, biomedical science, and public health for years to come.

NICHD will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is not a supervisory position.

OPPTB promotes basic, translational, and clinical research to improve the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals and other therapeutics, and to ensure centralization and coordination of research, clinical trials, and drug development activities for maternal and pediatric populations. The branch is responsible for implementing and overseeing the NIH portion of the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act of 2002 (BPCA) and its subsequent reauthorizations. The BPCA legislation promotes the prioritization of off-patent drugs that need further study in pediatrics and allows NICHD to sponsor clinical research on prioritized therapeutics and disseminate results to improve drug labeling.

OPPTB is seeking a program officer who has a strong basic, translational, or clinical research background relevant to therapeutic treatment of pregnant and lactating women, neonates, and children. The incumbent may have a variety of backgrounds that relate to this role such as training in using real world evidence for developing clinical practice guidelines or in maternal-fetal medicine, or research experience in drug transport across the placenta or mammary tissues. Also desired are strong communication and collaborative skills and evidence of working in teams to accomplished shared goals. This position offers unique and exciting opportunities to provide scientific leadership and to administer grants/contracts in support of maternal and pediatric research in the United States.

NICHD recently finalized its strategic plan to guide activities over the next 5 years. OPPTB expects to be heavily involved in applying aspects of the implementation plan submitted by the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC). As implementation of these plans begins, the successful candidate will be able to shape scientific research opportunities that will directly affect the field, biomedical science, and public health for years to come.

NICHD will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is not a supervisory position.

Program Analyst

DER seeks candidates for multiple program analyst positions across its 12 extramural science branches. DER seeks candidates with project management, analysis, communication, and evaluation skills to coordinate and manage branch activities and projects; assist with the production of branch communications; design and conduct analyses of scientific research to inform branch programs, strategic planning efforts, and funding decisions; and prepare materials to communicate the results of these analyses to a variety of audiences. Candidates with backgrounds in NICHD-relevant research fields, understanding of scientific research and funding processes, and/or experience using science of science methods will be preferred.

This is not a supervisory position.

For additional information about this position, contact nichd-der-info@mail.nih.gov with a resume and letter of interest.

Current Intramural Openings

Intramural Trainee and Fellowship Opportunities

Dr. Christina Tatsi, Head of the Section on Hypothalamic and Pituitary Disorders, has a postbaccalaureate fellow opening to study the extratumoral circulating markers in patients with pituitary adenomas. The research will explore several aspects of biomarker characterization as diagnostic and predictive tools for disease progression. The fellow may also get involved in ongoing clinical research, such as phenotyping and therapeutic interventions for patients. The lab expects to fill this position by summer 2022.

Interested candidates should apply through the Office of Intramural Training and Education’s Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award page and email Dr. Tatsi to express interest in this position. Please review the program webpage for eligibility criteria and application instructions.

Additional ongoing NICHD intramural trainee opportunities can be found at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/dir/osd/mt/oe/opportunities. Candidates at the college, graduate/professional school, or postdoctoral level are also encouraged to write to an investigator to inquire about anticipated vacancies. High school applicants should not contact NIH investigators but can contact the NICHD Office of Education at NICHDSUMMER@mail.nih.gov.  

Additionally, the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education curates postdoctoral openings across all NIH institutes and centers at https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services/postdoc_jobs_nih.

DiPHR, within DIR, also participates in several NIH-wide research training programs, including:

  • Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)
  • Graduate Partners Program
  • Postbaccalaureate IRTA
  • Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Visit DiPHR’s Training and Recruitment page to learn more about these programs.

Resources

Visit Jobs@NIH for information on career opportunities in science, administration, and other areas.

For training and fellowship opportunities, visit NICHD Training, Education & Career Development Information or NIH Research & Training. If you are a student who is age 16 years or older, check out NIH's Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research.

You also can visit Find a Federal Government Job for an overview of how to apply for a position with the federal government.

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