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

Director

The newly formed OCR provides oversight, support, and resources for the planning, implementation, and conduct of NICHD-supported extramural clinical research and clinical trials, at both domestic and international sites. Many of the large, multisite clinical trials within the NICHD portfolio are conducted within Clinical Trial Networks funded by NICHD as cooperative agreements. OCR facilitates and improves the quality of network and all NICHD clinical studies through standardization of management activities and logistical operations supporting the institute’s extramural scientific programs.

OCR seeks a candidate with the experience and intensive subject matter knowledge relating to clinical research and clinical trials to take a lead role in formulation and execution of policies regarding clinical trials and studies within NICHD and NIH and to provide consultations in the design, conduct, and analysis of experimental studies. In addition, the candidate should possess comprehensive understanding of the NIH extramural scientific research environment and mastery of the principles, procedures, regulations, and guidelines for administering research programs. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication, and analytical skills are expected.

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. Caroline Signore at signorec@mail.nih.gov.

NICHD will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position.

Branch Chief (2 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 will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position.

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 will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is a supervisory position.

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.

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

Program Officer (5 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.

View the Scientist Administrator Applicant FAQ (PDF 151 KB) on health scientist administrator and social and behavioral scientist administrator positions to learn more on how to apply.

NICHD will use 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.

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 program officer with a background in obstetrics/gynecology, preferably reproductive endocrinology and infertility. 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 will use a global recruitment program to fill this position. This is not a supervisory position.

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.

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

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

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, special emphasis on HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease pertinent to mother and infant, molecular and developmental immunology, vaccines, and pediatric clinical trials, as well as strong collaborative skills. This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to provide scientific leadership and administer grants and contracts in support of maternal and pediatric research.

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 DERInfo at nichd-der-info@mail.nih.gov.

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

All interested postdoctoral and postbaccalaureate candidates should review the general NIH policies and eligibility at the following sites:

Applicants should send questions and/or their curriculum vitae and any additional required materials specific to the opportunity in which they are interested to that opportunity’s listed contact.

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.

Peter Basser Lab: Section on Quantitative Imaging and Tissue Sciences

Contact: Dr. Peter Basser, Section Head

The 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
  • Low-field MRI

Read more at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/atNICHD/Investigators/basser/fellowships.

Bezrukov Lab: Section on Molecular Transport

Contact: Dr. Tatiana K. Rostovtseva, Associate Scientist

The Section on Molecular Transport has a postdoctoral position available to study the role of the mitochondrial outer membrane protein (VDAC) in the regulation of mitochondrial metabolism. This lab examines the functions of three VDAC isoforms in mitochondrial bioenergetics and neurodegeneration to understand the molecular mechanisms of VDAC functioning and identify its natural regulators and synthetic inhibitors. The project seeks to improve outcomes of mitochondria-associated diseases by using VDAC as a promising pharmacological target. The research in the position to be filled is based on our recent findings that alpha-synuclein, a neuronal protein associated with Parkinson’s disease, transports into mitochondria through the VDAC beta-barrel.

Candidates must be strongly motivated with an interest in mitochondrial physiology; possess a Ph.D. in biochemistry, protein chemistry, biophysics, or physics; have completed fewer than 5 years of prior postdoctoral research training. Successful candidate should have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals

Additional required submission materials: Bibliography; cover letter with a brief description of research interests and experiences; and list of at least three references, including their mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

Read more at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/atNICHD/Investigators/Bezrukov/fellowships.

Harold Burgess Lab: Section on Behavioral Neurogenetics

Contact: Dr. Harold Burgess, Section Head

The Section on Behavioral Neurogenetics is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study the development and function of neural circuits that control behavioral state transitions. By applying non-invasive optical and transgenic manipulations in zebrafish, the lab ascertains how specific neurons contribute to the initiation and maintenance of distinct behavioral states, and how they may be disrupted in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Ajay Chitnis Lab: Section on Neural Developmental Dynamics

Contact: Dr. Ajay Chitnis, Section Head

The Section on Neural Development has both postdoctoral and post-baccalaureate positions for candidates interested in understanding how signaling and physical interactions between cells coordinate animal development. The lab uses the zebrafish posterior lateral line primordium as a model to understand broader principles of self-organization in development. Fellows will use a combination of cellular, molecular, genetic, biomechanical, live imaging. and computational approaches to understand the development of the posterior lateral line primordium. This includes the use state-of-the-art microscopy coupled with image analysis to characterize the dynamics of cell shape and movement, and/or development of multi-scale computational models to understand the self-organization of cell-fate, morphogenesis, and migration of the lateral line primordium.

Candidates should be dynamic, independent researchers with diverse backgrounds and expertise who have completed their bachelor’s degree (for post-baccalaureate positions) or are within 2 years of having completed their Ph.D. (postdoctoral positions) with strengths in genetics, embryology, cell biology, molecular biology, biomechanics, image processing, bioinformatics and/or computer modelling. Experience with use of zebrafish as a model system and/or specific strengths in mathematical modelling, biomechanics and the physics of living systems are especially welcome

Read more at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/atNICHD/Investigators/chitnis/positions/postdoctoral and https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/atNICHD/Investigators/chitnis/positions/post-baccalaureate.

Alan Hinnebusch Lab: Section on Nutrient Control of Gene Expression

Contact: Dr. Alan Hinnebusch, Section Head  

The Section on Nutrient Control of Gene Expression has a postdoctoral opening to study how signaling pathways and transcriptional and translational control mechanisms are enlisted to alter gene expression in response to nutrient limitation in eukaryotic cells. The lab uses budding yeast and combines classical genetics with systems biology fueled by multi-omics analyses to uncover and elucidate in molecular detail the underlying mechanisms involved.

Additional required submission materials: Contact information for their Ph.D. and postdoctoral mentor(s) and a cover letter describing their expertise and interest in the lab.

Henry Levin Lab: Section on Eukaryotic Transposable Elements

Contact: Dr. Henry Levin, Section Head

The Section on Eukaryotic Transposable Elements has an available postdoctoral position to study how human retrotransposon L1 is restricted by factors that defend the genome. Projects also include study of copy number regulation of rDNA repeat sequences. Having a long-standing interest in how mobile elements impact the biology of the host, we study retrotransposons in fission yeast, HIV-1 integration in cell culture, and now the 5’ truncation of L1 insertions. Further details and a list of publications can be found at the lab’s website.  

Interested candidates must have a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. and a strong background in molecular genetics. Skills in bioinformatics are also desirable.

Additional required submission materials: Cover letter, bibliography, and names of three references.

Matthias Machner Lab: Section on Microbial Pathogenesis

Contact: Dr. Matthias Machner, Section Head

The Section on Microbial Pathogenesis has a postdoctoral opening to study virulence mechanisms of the bacterium Legionella pneumophila, the causative agent of Legionnaires’ disease. The lab uses cutting-edge technologies from various fields to determine at a molecular, cellular, and structural level how Legionella can manipulate host cells and cause disease.

Additional required submission materials: Contact information for three references and a cover letter describing expertise and interest in the Machner lab.

Richard Maraia Lab: Section on Molecular and Cellular Biology

Contact: Dr. Richard Maraia, Section Head

The Section on Molecular and Cellular Biology is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for studies involving basic mechanisms of transcription by RNA polymerase III and the control of mRNA metabolism and function, related to human disease. The lab uses a variety of methods and model systems.

Additional required submission materials: A description of training-expertise, interests, goals, and contact information for three references including supervisor.

Doreen Matthies Lab: Unit on Structural Biology

Contact: Dr. Doreen Matthies, Principal Investigator

The Unit on Structural Biology has an open position for a postdoctoral fellow to study the structure and function of membrane protein complexes in their native lipid membrane environment. The lab uses a combination of molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysical methods including electron microscopy (EM), cryo-EM as well as cryo-FIBSEM and cryo-ET to study molecular transport across membranes.

Additional required submission materials: Contact information for two to three references and a cover letter describing their expertise and interest in the Matthies lab.

Pedro Rocha Lab: Unit on Genome Structure and Regulation

Contact: Dr. Pedro Rocha, Principal Investigator

The Unit on Genome Structure and Regulation studies how the mechanisms that fold and compact the genome help ensure precise spatial-temporal activation of gene expression. The lab is looking for people who share an enthusiasm for gene regulation, nuclear organization, or mouse development. Postdoctoral fellows will be able to start their own research program or lead ongoing projects. Ph.D.-level experience in at least one of the following is required:

  • Mouse development
  • Mouse genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • Massively parallel sequencing-based techniques
  • Computational biology 

Additional required submission materials: A two-paragraph cover letter explaining your scientific trajectory and why you would like to join the lab, and contacts for three references.

Read more at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/atNICHD/Investigators/rocha/apply.

Katherine Rogers Lab: Unit on Developmental Signaling

Contact: Dr. Katherine Rogers, Principal Investigator

The Unit on Developmental Signaling has a postdoctoral opening to study how developmental signaling is decoded during vertebrate embryogenesis. The lab uses zebrafish embryos and molecular optogenetics to study how cells respond to signaling levels, dynamics, and combinations.

Additional required submission materials: Contact information for two to three references, and a cover letter describing their expertise and interest in the Rogers lab.

Mihaela Serpe Lab: Section on Cellular Communication

Contact: Dr. Mihaela Serpe, Section Head

The Section on Cellular Communication is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study the role of trans-synaptic signaling (including by bone morphogenetic proteins) in the development, function, and plasticity of neural circuits that control locomotion. Using a wide variety of approaches, from genetics and cellular and molecular biology to single cell RNAseq and electrophysiology, the lab ascertains how signaling and trans-synaptic interactions contribute to the initial assembly of glutamatergic synapses and enable subsequent activity-dependent plasticity and homeostasis. We use the powerful genetic system Drosophila and focus on highly conserved ionotropic glutamatergic receptors and their auxiliary subunits. Disruptions of signaling networks guiding the formation and homeosis of glutamatergic synapses in our brain lead to neurodevelopmental disorders and neurological diseases.

Additional required submission materials: Cover letter and contact information for three references.

Read more at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/atNICHD/Investigators/Serpe/openings.  

Sarah Sheppard Lab: Unit on Vascular Malformation

Contact: Dr. Sarah Sheppard, Principal Investigator

The Unit on Vascular Malformation has a postdoctoral fellowship position available to investigate cellular and molecular mechanisms causing lymphatic malformations. The lab uses cell lines and zebrafish in combination with genetic manipulation, live imaging, and drug screening to understand how these lymphatic malformations form and what therapies may be efficacious.

Additional required submission materials: Cover letter and contact information for three references.

Read more at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/atNICHD/Investigators/sheppard/apply.

Roger Woodgate Lab: Section on DNA Replication, Repair, and Mutagenesis

Contact: Dr. Roger Woodgate, Section Head

The Section on DNA Replication, Repair, and Mutagenesis utilizes several model organisms to understand the role of low-fidelity DNA polymerases in genome (in)stability. Current projects include investigating their roles in the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria; the promotion of mutagenesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis; and the DNA polymerase iota in human cells.

This fellowship is open to individuals with fewer than 5 years of postdoctoral experience. The successful applicant will be expected to lead their own project as well as to contribute to collaborative research efforts in the lab. They also should have at least one first-authored publication, and a strong background in one, or more, of the following disciplines:

  • Protein expression, purification, and characterization
  • Cell and molecular biology techniques
  • Mammalian cell culture 

Effective oral and written communication skills are required.

Additional required submission materials: Statement of research interests and names of three references. Competitive stipends are determined by the number of years of relevant postdoctoral experience. 

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.

Epidemiology Branch (EB)

Contact: Dr. Fasil Tekola-Ayele, Stadtman Investigator

EB 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.

Additional required submission materials: Statement of research interests to be pursued during training, three letters of reference, and their transcripts for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Branch (SBSB)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Contact: Dr. Denise Haynie, Staff Scientist

Postdoctoral fellowships are available within SBSB to work with research groups led by Dr. Bobby Cheon, Dr. Stephen Gilman, and Dr. Tonja Nansel. SBSB research addresses multiple aspects of health, health-related behaviors, and health equity throughout the life course by investigating novel social, behavioral, and environmental determinants in observational and experimental studies.

Fellows will have access to rich, population-based datasets addressing health-related behaviors in children and families and the social determinants of child development and mental health, and will have the opportunity to participate in the branch’s ongoing field studies that focus on:

  • Mechanisms underlying socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in child development
  • Trajectories and correlates of health and health-related behaviors during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood
  • Reward-related eating behaviors, diet quality, and diet-related outcomes during pregnancy and postpartum and across early childhood

Candidates with superior analytic, written, and oral communication skills, research interests aligned with areas currently under investigation in the branch, and a strong commitment to promoting a diverse, respectful, and inclusive workplace are encouraged to apply. Before starting their fellowship, postdoctoral fellows in SBSB must have completed the requirements for their doctoral degree in the social and behavioral sciences or closely related field (e.g., psychology, epidemiology, public health, nutrition, behavioral economics, behavioral neuroscience, sociology) and must have no more than 5 years of research experience since receipt of their doctoral degree.

Additional required submission materials: Statement of research interests, three letters of reference, and official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Postbaccalaureate Training Program

The SBSB postbaccalaureate training program provides recent college graduates who plan to pursue graduate or professional health-related degree programs (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) an opportunity to spend 1 or 2 years performing full-time research in population health, with one-on-one mentoring by senior NIH scientists. Postbaccalaureate candidates will join a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team of investigators and research fellows whose research addresses multiple aspects of health, health-related behaviors, and health equity throughout the life course by investigating social, behavioral, biological, and environmental determinants of health and development and developing public health prevention and treatment interventions.

SBSB and the NIH-wide Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) provide many career and professional development opportunities on topics ranging from statistical methods, graduate school applications, and wellness. Fellows complete an independent research project and share their work with the NIH community at the annual NIH-wide Postbaccalaureate Poster Day and NICHD retreat. Postbaccalaureate candidates also can present their research at a local professional scientific conference.

Applicants with career interests aligned with SBSB research are recommended to contact SBSB principal investigators to describe their research interests and inquire about openings in their research groups. For more information on postbaccalaureate programs at NIH, please see the OITE website: https://www.training.nih.gov/trainees/postbacs.

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 17 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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