Application Details for Early Independent Scientists

This year's application deadline passed on September 22, 2017.

The National Institutes of Health, the nation’s premier agency for biomedical and behavioral research, is recruiting for Early Independent Scientists in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP). We are looking for new Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S. and equivalent doctoral researchers who have the creativity, intellect and maturity to flourish in an independent research position.

The IRP is home to almost 1,100 tenured and tenure-track investigators and 5,000 trainees. We provide an environment that encourages and supports innovative, high-impact research. To enhance the development and early-stage careers of exceptional investigators, the IRP is participating in the NIH Common Fund’s “NIH Director’s Early Independence Award” program. The NIH has developed this program to support recent doctoral graduates in independent positions without the need to perform a post-doctoral career fellowship. Thus, the graduate can immediately start an independent career after graduation. Successful Early Independence Award candidates will be provided the resources to establish an independent research program, including salary and benefits, support for lab personnel, lab space, supplies, and start-up equipment.

Complete applications must be received by September 22, 2017. Candidates should submit electronically a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of research interests and future plans (2-3 pages), and arrange to have 3 letters of reference sent to: Charles Dearolf, Ph.D.; Assistant Director for Intramural Research; National Institutes of Health. The NIH will notify selected candidates shortly thereafter, and work with the selected candidates to submit an application to the NIH Common Fund program by their January 26, 2018 deadline. Candidates must meet eligibility requirements of the Common Fund program. At the time of this application, candidates must be within 12 months of completing their Ph.D., M.D., or D.D.S. degree, or for clinician-scientists within twelve months of completing their core clinical residency program.

The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce. The NIH expects its efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups. We encourage applications from talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and women for participation in all NIH-funded research opportunities.