National Institutes of Health

Tenure-Track Stadtman Investigators

The NIH Intramural Research Program is Recruiting "Earl Stadtman Investigators"

NIH logoThe 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 eleventh annual call for researchers who want to be "NIH Earl Stadtman Investigators". These are 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 stable funding, intellectual freedom, shared resources, and access to a wide range of scientific expertise. A wide array of scientists already has been hired through the "Stadtman" recruitment mechanism over the last ten years. 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. More information about the range of research currently supported in the IRP is at

Who we are: Among our approximately 1,100 principal investigators and 4,000 trainees in the NIH Intramural Research Program are world-renowned experts in basic, translational, population-based, and clinical research. Similar to academia, we offer our scientists the opportunity to mentor outstanding trainees at all levels (e.g., graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) in a research setting.

Whom we seek: 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., 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 items (the first three items 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., the research you hope to perform at the NIH;
  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 will promote inclusive excellence 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, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EDT). You will be asked to designate up to 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, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Reference letters must also be submitted in a PDF format. We cannot accept paper applications.

What to expect: Search committees, composed of experts in various fields, will review and evaluate applicants based on criteria which include publication record, mentoring experience, commitment to diversity, scientific vision, 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 seminars open to the public. Some applicants not selected as Earl 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.

The NIH is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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Advice for a competitive Stadtman job application by NIH Asst. Director Roland Owens.

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Last updated: 2020-08-17