Laboratory Chief, NIAID

Review begins: October 17, 2019

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of Intramural Research (DIR) is seeking an outstanding scientist to establish and lead a new and dynamic laboratory directed at understanding the role of the microbiome in human immunity and disease in Bethesda, Maryland. 

DIR is at the forefront of research on immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases. Our purpose is to make scientific discoveries that promote the development of new vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics that improve human health. The selected senior investigator will establish a new and dynamic laboratory directed at understanding the role of the microbiome in human immunology and disease. Potential research could include, but would not be limited to, host-microbiota interactions in humans and animals, fundamental studies of pathogenic and commensal organisms, and/or the development of novel diagnostics, vaccines, or therapeutics.

This position requires a Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent with proven ability to carry out a strong independent research program. The selected candidate will also be expected to recruit and supervise other principal investigators with independent research programs.

The laboratory chief will have independent resources to conduct laboratory research and translational/clinical research, as appropriate.  The incumbent will have access to state-of-the-art core research support and the NIH Clinical Center, the premier research hospital on the main NIH campus. Committed resources include space, support personnel, and an allocated annual budget to cover service, supplies, and salaries. A laboratory chief in DIR is equivalent to a department chair in a university or medical school. See more information online at NIAID Division of Intramural Research.  

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full package of benefits (including retirement and health, life, and long-term care insurance) is available. Women and people from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not required.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (CV), bibliography, and two- to three-page description of the proposed research program. Additionally, three letters of reference must be sent directly from the referees. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from other groups underrepresented in biomedical research. All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh at

Completed applications will be reviewed starting October 17, 2019 and will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh, DIR Program Support Staff, at  

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