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 Executive Opening

Clinical Director

Current Extramural Openings

Deputy Director

NICHD is seeking a deputy director for DEA to assist the director in managing the division’s scientific and administrative tasks, determining division policies, establishing priorities, originating and approving plans for the conduct of the division's extramural programs, and serving as a member of the senior leadership team.

The deputy director will oversee and supervise the staff of the Office of Extramural Policy within the division, coordinating NICHD policies and procedures that affect the institute's extramural activities in areas including training, clinical research, and data sharing. In this position, the deputy director will work to develop and implement new extramural procedures and enhance the effectiveness of existing division programs and operations.

DEA seeks candidates who have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. This position requires experience in management of federal biomedical programs. Exceptional leadership, organizational, and communication skills are expected, along with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

This is an exciting time to join NICHD as we implement our strategic plan to guide and advance research in the near- and long-term future. 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. Rebekah Rasooly at rebekah.rasooly@nih.gov.

NICHD is using a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position. Submissions will be accepted until an applicant is selected. Opening September 21, 2022, and closing September 30, 2022.

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.

This is an exciting time to join NICHD as we implement our strategic plan to shape and advance research in the near- and long-term future, including Promoting Gynecologic, Andrologic, and Reproductive Health as a Scientific Research Theme. Through implementation of this plan, among other activities, this position allows the successful candidate to help foster 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 is using a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position. Submissions will be accepted until an applicant is selected. Opening September 21, 2022, and closing September 30, 2022.

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.

This is an exciting time to join NICHD as we implement our strategic plan to guide and advance research in the near- and long-term future. 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 is using a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position. Submissions will be accepted until an applicant is selected. Opening September 21, 2022, and closing September 30, 2022.

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 people and women. 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 diseases in infants, children, adolescents, pregnant people, 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.

This is an exciting time to join NICHD as we implement our strategic plan to guide and advance research in the near- and long-term future. Through implementation of the plan, this position allows the successful candidate to help shape 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 is using a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position. Submissions will be accepted until an applicant is selected. Opening September 21, 2022, and closing September 30, 2022.

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 people, 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.

This is an exciting time to join NICHD as we implement our strategic plan to guide and advance research in the near- and long-term future. Through this implementation, 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 is using a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is not a supervisory position. Opening September 21, 2022, and closing September 30, 2022.

Program Officer (4 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 Neurodevelopment, Cognition, and Behavior research program, CDBB seeks a program officer who can develop a portfolio of interdisciplinary research on typical and atypical early neurodevelopment that capitalizes on technological advances in neuroimaging, neuro-genomics, and neuro-assessment to examine interrelated developmental changes in brain structure and function, gene regulation and expression, and complex behavior and cognition, in both human and comparative neurobiology studies. Candidates should possess a strong background in developmental cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging—especially in pediatric populations—with additional expertise in developmental psychology and neuro-genomics with infants and young children.

For its Language Development and Multilingualism research program, CDBB seeks a program officer who will apply their deep knowledge of research in developmental psychology, linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience—especially in pediatric populations—to develop and maintain a research portfolio that supports and encourages research on the neurodevelopmental, social, and environmental factors that impair or enhance the developmental trajectories supporting bilingual development in the home and community settings. They will also focus on how biliterate development is linked to child and adolescent health outcomes.

This is an exciting time to join NICHD as we implement our strategic plan to guide and advance research in the near- and long-term future. Through this implementation, 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 is using a global recruitment program to fill these positions. These are not supervisory positions. For additional information about this position, contact James A. Griffin, Ph.D., at james.griffin@nih.gov with a resume and letter of interest.

For additional information, view the Scientist Administrator Applicant FAQ (PDF 151 KB) on health scientist administrator and social and behavioral scientist administrator positions and how to apply. Opening September 21, 2022, and closing September 30, 2022.

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 an M.D. (Ob/Gyn, preferably a reproductive endocrinologist) for a program officer position. Applicants must have significant research experience in clinical infertility, with a special emphasis on polycystic ovary syndrome, diagnosis, management, and prevention of infertility; assisted reproductive technology practice and outcomes for mothers and children; and best practices for clinical trials, as well as strong collaborative skills to manage and grow a research portfolio that supports and encourages research on the etiology and pathophysiology of diseases and disorders that cause human infertility and impaired fecundity.

In addition, the candidate should possess a strong background in human infertility/impaired fecundity, with a deep knowledge of current clinical practice and translational biology of human infertility, have a passion for supporting the training of the next generation of scientists, and possess strong organizational and administrative skills, including the ability to manage a portfolio of projects in translational and clinical infertility research. Knowledge and experience with conduct of multicenter clinical trials is desirable.

This is an exciting time to join NICHD as we implement our strategic plan to guide and advance research in the near- and long-term future, including Promoting Gynecologic, Andrologic and Reproductive Health as a Scientific Research Theme. Through implementation of this plan, among other activities, this position allows the successful candidate to help shape research opportunities that will directly impact the field, biomedical science, and public health for years to come.

For additional information about this position, please contact DERInfo at nichd-der-info@mail.nih.gov.

NICHD is using a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is not a supervisory position. Submissions will be accepted until an applicant is selected. Opening September 21, 2022, and closing September 30, 2022.

IDDB and the NIH INCLUDE (INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE) Project are seeking a program officer with expertise relevant to Down syndrome. The incumbent will coordinate NIH-wide initiatives related to Down syndrome research; develop funding opportunities for the program; serve as a liaison with patient advocacy groups and stakeholders both within and outside the government; and manage a diverse portfolio of grants and/or contracts related to Down syndrome.

Although this position is assigned to IDDB within NICHD, the incumbent will provide project management in coordination with staff in the Office of the Director of NIH and across other NIH institutes and centers. Since 2018, the INCLUDE Project has provided support for a diverse portfolio of research projects, contracts, training programs, and a data coordinating center dedicated to promoting the well-being of individuals with Down syndrome at all stages of development. IDDB develops scientific initiatives and supports research related to intellectual and developmental disabilities.

IDDB seeks candidates with clinical and/or research expertise related to Down syndrome, such as understanding the genetic and molecular basis of trisomy 21, studies of the co-occurring conditions in individuals with Down syndrome, epidemiological studies of Down syndrome, studies of multi-omics approaches to understanding Down syndrome, and/or clinical trials of treatments for conditions associated with Down syndrome. Experience with clinical trial study design and management is desirable but not required. In addition, the candidate should have training in a field that provides knowledge of the genetic and chromosomal basis of Down syndrome and its co-occurring conditions, such as in genetics, bioinformatics, psychology, neuroscience, developmental, and behavioral pediatrics. For applicants with medical degrees, the candidate should have training in a medical specialty related to Down syndrome or one of its co-occurring conditions.

This is an exciting time to join both NICHD and the INCLUDE project as we implement the INCLUDE Project Research Plan to shape and advance research in the near- and long-term future. Through implementation of this plan, the successful candidate will help shape research opportunities that will directly impact the field, biomedical science, and public health for those with intellectual disabilities, including Down syndrome, for years to come.

NICHD is using 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. Opening September 21, 2022, and closing September 30, 2022.

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. Peter Basser’s Section on Quantitative Imaging and Tissue Sciences is soliciting applications from individuals with a Ph.D., and/or an M.D. or comparable postdoctoral-level training interested in any of the following areas: clinical brain imaging, translational magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), imaging and data sciences/computational neuroscience, measuring and mapping features of transport processes via MRI, brain network analysis, extracellular matrix MRI, porous media MR physics, fetal imaging, and low-field MRI. Read more at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/atNICHD/Investigators/basser/fellowships. Interested applicants should email Dr. Basser.

Other 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.

Additionally, Dr. Fasil Tekola-Ayele in the Epidemiology Branch has a postdoctoral opening to study genomic factors related to fetal growth and cardiometabolic outcomes (PDF 185 KB). The branch’s research leverages multi-omic data in placenta, fetal, child, and maternal genomes in the context of environmental factors in ancestrally diverse populations.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Tekola-Ayele their curriculum vitae; a statement of research interests to be pursued during training; three letters of reference; and their transcripts for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Resources

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

For training and fellowship opportunities, visit NICHD Training and 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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