Earl Stadtman Investigator Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: How many positions are available in this year's search?
    A: The exact number of slots filled per search cycle varies and is not predetermined. Approximately 10 tenure-track positions have been filled through this mechanism each year.
  2. Q: Where will these positions be located (which Institutes, sites)? My work would only be a good fit for one institute and I am pretty sure they do not have any tenure-track positions available. Should I still apply?
    A: All NIH institutes with intramural research programs are eligible to make offers to interviewed candidates from this search. We are anticipating that some Institutes or Centers may pool resources for joint appointments, thus all are encouraged to apply. For more information about which NIH Institutes and Centers have intramural research programs, where they are located, and the variety of research they conduct see http://irp.nih.gov/our-research/our-programs.
  3. Q: Are these positions centrally funded or funded by specific Institutes or Centers?
    A: Positions will be funded primarily by the hiring Institutes and Centers, individually or in combination. Some central funds are available to assist with the hiring of investigators who have a history of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.
  4. Q: Are NIH scientists allowed to apply or is this just for extramural scientists?
    A: NIH intramural scientists and extramural scientists are welcome to apply. Both intramural and extramural scientists have competed effectively for these positions.
  5. Q: Are you looking for researchers in particular fields?
    A: Applicants from any field of research relevant to biomedicine are invited to apply.
  6. Q: I am "just" a postdoc (or staff scientist). Do you have to already be in a tenure-track position to apply?
    A: It is anticipated that postdoctoral fellows will be the major pool of applicants, together with some persons who already hold faculty positions. Postdocs should apply. Staff scientists are also welcome to apply.
  7. Q: I have tenure at my current institution. Am I eligible to apply?
    A: Yes. However, you must be willing to accept a tenure-track position within the Intramural Research Program.
  8. Q: I was intending to apply for tenure-track positions next year, after I have had more experience and publications. Will NIH be doing an Earl Stadtman Investigator search next year?
    A: It is currently anticipated that this recruitment will be an annual event.
  9. Q: Are there preferred formats for the CV Research Goals, Long-term Research Vision and Impact, and Letters of Recommendation?
    A: There are no preferred formats, however, the application website can only upload PDF documents. Page limits, when stated, should also be observed. Your C.V. should include your academic or medical degrees, research experience, a complete bibliography, 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. In the three page Research Goals document (references do not count towards the page limit) you should provide background on the problem(s) you wish to study, why it is an important problem, and details on what approaches and methods you would use to move your field forward in the short term (over the next 5 years), along with what makes you qualified to do this work. In the two page Long-term Research Vision and Impact document you could, for example, describe the pathway from your research to the treatment of a disease 20 years from now. You might also speculate what the next steps might be if you achieve your immediate research goals described in the three page document. Also include a description of your mentoring philosophy and how you will promote inclusive excellence in the biomedical research workforce. For more information about NIH's interest in diversity see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-031.html. Letters of recommendation should reflect your ability to run an independent research group as well as your potential to become a world leader in your field of interest.
  10. Q: How should I have letters of recommendation sent to the website?
    A: At the application website, you will be asked to submit contact information for your references, including e-mail addresses. An e-mail will then be sent to each recommender automatically.
  11. Q: Can one send in more than three letters of recommendation?
    A: No. Therefore, you should verify the contact information, especially the e-mail address of each recommender, before submitting your application.
  12. Q: To whom should letters of recommendation be addressed?
    A: Earl Stadtman Investigators Search Committee.
  13. Q: I do not see a place to upload a cover letter. May I include one?
    A: A cover letter (optional) may be included as part of your C.V. file.
  14. Q: Will these positions be independent?
    A: All tenure-track positions at the NIH are Independent Investigator positions with well-defined resources assigned by the Institute or Center's Scientific Director. For a description of the NIH tenure-track see https://oir.nih.gov/sourcebook/tenure-nih-intramural-research-program/tenure-track-overview.
  15. Q: Who are some of the investigators who have been hired through this search?
    A: To see profiles of Earl Stadtman Investigators, please visit the NIH Catalyst website and enter the search term Earl Stadtman Investigators.
  16. Q: I applied to this search last year and I was not offered a position. Should I try again this year?
    A: Yes, especially if you have additional scientific accomplishments. Many Earl Stadtman Investigators had applied in previous years.
  17. Q: Is there a website that shows what traits NIH seeks in tenure-track investigators?
    A: Please see the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmIKgNaUmtc for more information about tenure-track positions at NIH.
  18. Q: Is this the only tenure-track search conducted by the NIH Intramural Research Program?
    A: No. Other Principal Investigator searches may be found at http://irp.nih.gov/careers/tenured-and-tenure-track-scientific-careers.