The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is like a large university campus whose purpose is medically related research, administration and education. It is home to over 5000 Ph.D.s and M.D.s, as well as post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, visiting scientists and technicians. It provides all of the resources and facilities to fulfill every need. NIH scientists are encouraged to attend at least one professional meeting per year and to participate in NIH sponsored events that showcase their research. Travel expenses are provided by the NIH. All research results can be published in international journals or can be considered for patent approval. There is an abundance of weekly seminars by scientists from throughout the world on a wide diversity of subjects. Affordable health insurance is available. Salaries are equivalent to those at major universities and research institutes throughout the USA.
The NIH is located 10 miles outside of our nation's capital, Washington DC, in Bethesda, Maryland. Bethesda and its neighboring areas offer an excellent selection of affordable housing, public parks, first rate schools, endless shopping and great recreational facilities. Public transportation includes a modern Metro rail system and a bus system. Because we are near the Atlantic Ocean and lie on the same latitude as Rome, Italy, we enjoy extended periods of Spring and Autumn, a mild Winter, and a warm Summer. We have far more sunny days than rainy ones.
Washington DC is home to the largest collection of public buildings and museums you will ever encounter, and you can visit them all free of charge. In addition, there is theater, movies and sports of all kinds. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, then take the train to Baltimore (1 hour), or Philadelphia (2 hours), or New York City (3.5 hours). Or you can drive to the Atlantic Ocean for a day at the beach (2 hours away) or to the Appalachian mountains (1 hour away) to go hiking or skiing. A sense of history is everywhere, from the American Revolution to the Civil War to the development of our government and political system.
In an article titled "A Creative Crossroads" by Richard Florida, "The Washington Post" (May 7, 2006) reported that:
The greater Washington DC metropolitan area
To learn more about the NIH, go to "www.nih.gov".
To learn more about the DC Metropolitan Area and the State of Maryland, go to "www.maryland.com".
To learn more about issues such as appointments, housing, driver's license, parking, taxes, training courses, medical service, child care, etc., go to NIH Fellows Handbook.
For more information on training and educational opportunities within NICHD’s Division of Intramural Research see Training at NICHD (Internal).
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