National Institutes of Health

NIAID Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigator (Host Immunity and Microbiome)

Laboratory of Host Immunity and Microbiome (LHIM)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — one of the largest Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—is seeking to recruit outstanding, highly creative scientists to positions as tenure-track/tenure-eligible investigators (equivalent to assistant or associate professor level academic faculty) in its newly established Laboratory of Host Immunity and Microbiome (LHIM) in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR).

The vision of the new LHIM—led by Dr. Yasmine Belkaid—is to comprehensively examine the factors controlling immunity and inflammation, whether they are host intrinsic (e.g., tissue-specific or the consequence of tissue-tissue communication) or extrinsic (e.g., involve the microbiota, nutrition, or infection). LHIM also has a strong emphasis on mentorship and fostering increased diversity in the next generation of scientific leaders. Additional information about LHIM staff, vision, and ongoing research activities is available online.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional early or mid-stage investigator who shares LHIM’s vision for collaboration and mentorship and the application of transdisciplinary approaches to the exploration of host-microbe, tissue-tissue, or host-environment interactions. Areas of research focus could include but are not limited to: immunology (e.g., human immunology, immunometabolism, nutritional immunology), as well as microbiology (e.g., ecology, antimicrobial resistance), chemistry (e.g., microbiota-derived natural products), neuroscience (e.g., gut/brain axis), or genomics, with a particular interest in enhancing our understanding of host immunity. The incumbent will be expected to develop an innovative and highly collaborative research program that includes basic and/or translational studies. Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field with postdoctoral experience as well as a strong publication record demonstrating potential for creative research.

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full civil-service package of benefits is available. Women and people from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not required—resident aliens or nonresident aliens eligible to obtain a valid employment-authorizing visa are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit four items (the first three items must be in a PDF format):

  1. A curriculum vitae (CV), including a list of publications
  2. A three-page proposal titled Research Goals outlining the research you hope to perform at the NIH in both the short and long term
  3. A description of your leadership, mentoring and outreach activities—especially those involving women and persons from other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research—to promote inclusive excellence in the biomedical research workforce
  4. At least three reference letters submitted directly from the referees

All materials should be submitted to Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh at Applications will be reviewed starting October 1, 2021, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested candidates may contact Dr. Yasmine Belkaid, Chief, LHIM, at for additional information about this position.

Visit NIAID Careers for more information about the position and working in NIAID’s dynamic atmosphere!

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

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Last updated: 2021-08-09