Clinical Tenure-Track Investigator, NIAID

Review begins: March 22, 2024

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), conducts and supports a global program of research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious,immunologic, and allergic diseases. 

The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) within NIAID seeks an outstanding scientist to serve as a clinical tenure-track investigator on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

DIR has been at the forefront of research on immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases. Its purpose is to make scientific discoveries that promote the development of new vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics that improve human health. DIR research goals are to expand knowledge of normal immune system components and functions, define mechanisms responsible for abnormal immune function (immunodeficiency, allergy, and autoimmunity), understand the biology of infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites) and the host response to infection, and develop strategies to prevent and treat immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases. 

The selected candidate is expected to develop a clinical research program to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and/or allergic diseases. The successful candidate will implement and direct an independent clinical research program with an emphasis on clinical studies, which may also include translational and basic research. The incumbent may choose the research group/division within DIR with which they would prefer to be affiliated. Any clinical protocols developed should complement the research goals of the selected research group/division. In addition, the incumbent will be paired with a senior investigator who will serve as a clinical mentor. See more information about DIR laboratories.

Independent resources are committed to the position, including space, support personnel, and an annual budget for services, supplies, and salaries. Although external funding from non-NIH sources can be sought, it is not necessary. The successful candidate will also have access to the NIH Clinical Center.



· A doctoral degree (M.D. or M.D./Ph.D.)

· License to practice medicine in the United States

· Extensive research experience

· Strong publication record demonstrating the potential for creative research

U.S. citizenship is not required. This position is subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate must obtain a Level 5 Public Trust security clearance before their start date and must maintain this clearance level to remain in the position. Federal Select Agent clearance is also required. 

Pay and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A complete federal civil service package of benefits (including retirement plans, insurance plans for health and life, and Thrift Savings Plan [401k equivalent]) is available. Repayment of certain outstanding federally insured student loans may be considered to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified people. 

To Apply

Interested candidates should send the following to NIAIDDIRSearch@NIAID.NIH.GOV, attention Jamie Hatfield:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)/bibliography
    • In your CV, please include a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and people from other groups underrepresented in biomedical research, as defined by the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity
  • Description of the proposed research program (3-page limit)
  • 1- to 2-page description of commitment to fostering diversity in biomedical research, including a track record of mentoring, outreach activities, and future plans 

Additionally, three letters of reference must be sent directly from the referees to NIAIDDIRSearch@NIAID.NIH.GOV.

Women and people from other groups underrepresented in biomedical research are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed starting on March 22, 2024 and completed applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

Interested candidates may contact Jamie Hatfield at for additional information about this position. 

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HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.


This page was last updated on Friday, March 22, 2024