National Institutes of Health

Tenure-Track Stadtman Investigator Search 2024–2025

Pre-advertisement: Application link will be provided on or about August 1.
Deadline: September 30, 2024

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 sixteenth 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 15 years, the “Stadtman” recruitment mechanism facilitated the hiring of more than 100 investigators in a broad range of scientific disciplines. Dozens 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. More information about the range of research currently supported in the IRP is at

Who we are: The NIH IRP is home for 1,100 principal investigators, and more than 2,000 additional research professionals, many of whom are world- renowned experts in basic, translational, population-based, and clinical research. The IRP also hosts more than 4,000 research trainees. 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 scholars) 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 a robust 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.

The application materials and website have changed in recent years. Please read the application instructions below carefully. We highly recommend that you also read the updated answers to frequently asked questions (, prior to assembling your application materials.

How to apply: Applicants must submit four items (the first three documents must be in a PDF format): (1) a cover letter (up to two pages in length), which must include in the first paragraph one or two (no more than two) research areas from the list below, and a clearly labelled section describing your past, present and/or planned activities to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in biomedical research; (2) curriculum vitae, which should include a complete list of research 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; (3) a four-page research plan that outlines the research you hope to perform at the NIH in the next five years, and its innovative nature, as well as your long-term (20 year) vision for what you hope to achieve for yourself, your field, and society, as well as a description of your mentoring philosophy; and (4) contact information (including e-mail address) for three professional references. Submit these through our online application system by September 30, 2024 (11:59 p.m. EDT). The application website link will be provided at the Stadtman advertisement posted at on or about August 1, 2024.

Requests for letters of recommendation will be e-mailed to your references automatically when you submit your application. Reference letters must be submitted by replying to the automated e-mail they will receive. Reference letters are due by October 7, 2024 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Reference letters must also be submitted in a PDF format. We cannot accept paper applications. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR BIRTH DATE OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON APPLICATION MATERIALS.

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 NIH experts in various fields, will review and evaluate applicants based on criteria which include scientific vision and innovation, publication record, mentoring experience, commitment to diversity equity, inclusion and accessibility, potential scientific and/or public health impact of current and proposed research, awards, and references. The NIH-wide Stadtman committees will identify approximately 25% of applicants who will be deemed eligible for interviews. Decisions about whom to interview and hire are made by different committees based in the individual Institutes and Centers (ICs) at NIH. Select applicants will be invited by the ICs 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.

Stadtman search committees represent the following research areas. Please list at least one, but no more than two of these in the first paragraph of your cover letter.

  • Biochemistry/Proteomics/Metabolomics
  • Biomedical Engineering/Biophysics/Physics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry/Chemical Biology/Toxicology
  • Chromosome Biology/Epigenetics/Transcription
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computational Biology / Bioinformatics / Biostatistics / Mathematics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Epidemiology/Population Sciences
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Health Disparities
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology/Infectious diseases (non-viral)
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Pharmacology/Cell Signaling
  • Neurodevelopment
  • RNA Biology
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Stem Cells / Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Structural Biology
  • Synapses and Circuits
  • Systems Biology / Physiology
  • Translation from Pre-clinical to Clinical Research / Clinical Informatics
  • Virology

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.


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

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