Laboratory Chief, Laboratory of Host Immunity and Microbiome, NIAID

Application review begins: October 26, 2023

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 with a strong commitment to mentorship to serve as Chief of the Laboratory of Host Immunity and Microbiome (LHIM) in Bethesda, Maryland.

DIR is 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.

The selected candidate will lead LHIM as a senior investigator in the study of basic factors and mechanisms controlling immunity and inflammation, whether they are host intrinsic (e.g., tissue-specific or the consequence of tissue-tissue communication) or extrinsic (e.g., involving the microbiota, nutrition, or infection, including the consequences of environmental stress, such as infection, nutrition, and pollution, on host immunity and predisposition to inflammatory disorders).

LHIM also seeks to explore novel microbiota-mediated and immunotherapeutic approaches to combat the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance. LHIM is built upon strong basic and clinical research foundations and partnerships with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center and the NIAID Microbiome Program. Potential research could include, but would not be limited to, host-microbiota interactions in humans and animals, fundamental studies of immunity, pathogenic and commensal organisms, and/or the development of novel diagnostics, vaccines, or therapeutics. If appropriate, the incumbent would also have the opportunity to direct the NIAID Microbiome Program. See more information about LHIM.

This position is similar to that of a department chair at a university, and responsibilities include the following:

  • Conducting their own highly innovative and competitive research program
  • Overseeing the operation of LHIM, which includes
    • Directing the overall scientific vision of LHIM (currently composed of three principal investigators)
    • Overseeing LHIM resource allocation
    • Setting personnel and training standards
    • Building scientific interactions and communication

The incumbent will be provided with resources to conduct their own independent laboratory research and, as appropriate, translational/clinical research. Committed resources include space, support personnel, research staff, and an allocated annual budget to cover services, supplies, and salaries. Access to high-containment facilities is available.


  • A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.) or equivalent degree in a relevant field

In addition to meeting this requirement, the ideal candidate will have a proven ability to carry out a strong independent research program and demonstrated commitment to mentorship.

U.S. citizenship is not required. Compensation is commensurate with experience, qualifications, and accomplishments. A complete federal civil service package of benefits (including retirement plans; insurance plans for health and life; and Thrift Savings Plans [401k equivalent]) is available.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send the following to NIAIDDIRSearch@NIAID.NIH.GOV:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • In your CV, please describe your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving groups underrepresented in biomedical research, as defined by the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity
  • Bibliography
  • Two- to three-page description of their proposed individual research program
  • A statement describing your scientific and administrative vision for the laboratory, including approaches to training, management, and commitment to fostering diversity in biomedical research

Additionally, three letters of reference must be sent directly from the referees.

Women and people from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are especially encouraged to apply. For additional information about the position, email Jamie Hatfield.

Applications will be reviewed starting October 26, 2023, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

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This page was last updated on Wednesday, August 30, 2023