Application Details for Stadtman Investigators

Deadline: September 30, 2021

The National Institutes of Health, the U.S. government’s premier biomedical and behavioral research enterprise and a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual call for researchers who aspire to be “NIH Stadtman Investigators”. These are prestigious tenure-track positions (assistant professor equivalent) within the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP).

As a member of the IRP, you join a team whose hallmarks are intellectual freedom to explore novel and potentially revolutionary ideas, access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities and resources, easy and direct interaction with a wide range of scientific expertise at NIH, all combined with long term stable funding. Over the last 12 years, the “Stadtman” recruitment mechanism facilitated the hiring of a diverse range of investigators in broad scientific disciplines, and many of them have already become tenured senior investigators. We encourage applications from doctoral-level researchers in any field relevant to the NIH mission who are interested in tenure-track positions within the NIH IRP. Areas of active recruitment include (but are not limited to): Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioral Sciences, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics (including natural language processing and text mining), Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Biosensors, Biostatistics, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Cellular Senescence, Cell Metabolism, Cell Signaling, Chemical Biology, Chromosome Biology, Clinical Informatics, Clinical Research, Cognitive Neuroscience, Compulsive Behaviors, Computational Biology, Dermatology, Developmental Biology, Epidemiology/Population Health, Genetics, Genomics, Health Disparities, Immunology, Hearing and Balance, Infectious Diseases, Medicinal Chemistry, Metabolism, Microbiology, Molecular Pharmacology, Neurodegeneration, Neurodevelopment, Neurosciences, Physiology, RNA Biology, Sensory Biology, Social Sciences, Structural Biology, Systems Biology, Toxicology, Translational Research, Virology, and Visual Processing. More information about the range of research currently supported in the IRP is at

Who we are: The NIH Intramural Research Program is home for 1,100 principal investigators and 4,000 trainees and many of them are world-renowned experts in basic, translational, population-based, and clinical research. As a government agency which incorporates some of the best aspects of an academic institution, we strongly encourage our scientists to mentor outstanding trainees at all levels (e.g., graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) in a research setting.

Whom we seek: NIH fosters an inclusive environment where diverse talent is leveraged to advance health discovery.  We seek a diverse cadre of creative thinkers eager to take on innovative, high-impact research.

Qualifications/eligibility: Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., Psy. D., D.D.S./D.M.D., D.V.M., D.O., R.N./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree and have an outstanding record of research accomplishments as evidenced by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-authorization visa.

How to apply: Applicants must submit four documents (the first three documents must be in a PDF format): (1) a CV, which should include a list of publications, and a description of your leadership, mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research; (2) a three-page proposal titled Research Goals, i.e., that outlines the research you hope to perform at the NIH and its innovative nature; (3) a two-page statement titled Long-term Research Vision and Impact, i.e., what you hope to achieve for yourself, your field, and society, as well as a description of your mentoring philosophy and how you have promoted or will promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the biomedical research workforce; and (4) contact information for three professional references. Submit these through our online application system at between August 1 and September 30, 2021 (11:59 p.m. EDT). You will be asked to designate two scientific areas of expertise to aid in assigning your application to the appropriate review committee. Requests for letters of recommendation will be sent to your references when you submit your application. Reference letters will be accepted via upload to the website until October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Reference letters must also be submitted in a PDF format. We cannot accept paper applications. NIH will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.

What to expect: Search committees, composed of experts in various fields, will review and evaluate applicants based on criteria which include scientific vision, publication record, mentoring experience, commitment to diversity, potential scientific impact of current and proposed research, awards, and references. Select applicants will be invited to the NIH for interviews and will be considered candidates. These candidates will also present their scientific work and vision for future research in seminars open to the public. Some applicants not selected as Stadtman Investigator candidates may be considered for other open NIH research positions. Please find answers to frequently asked questions at

The inspiring story of Earl and Thressa Stadtman’s research at the NIH is at Specific questions regarding this recruitment effort may be directed to Dr. Roland Owens, Director of Research Workforce Development, NIH Office of Intramural Research, at DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.