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Employment Opportunities

Clinical employment opportunities with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) are listed below. The NINDS is a component of the NIH and the DHHS.  The DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. All employees are subject to a background investigation.


Tenure-Track and Assistant Clinical Investigators

Clinical/Translational Research
Division of Intramural Research

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), NIH is searching for outstanding clinician-investigators for Tenure-Track Investigator and Assistant Clinical Investigator positions in the area of clinical/translational studies of neurological disorders including stroke. The Division of Intramural Research offers investigators an unparalleled opportunity to pursue their scientific passion in a unique environment that is totally dedicated to research. NINDS boasts active clinical research programs in stroke/traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, neuroimmunolgy/virology, neurogenetics, epilepsy, cortical plasticity relevant to neurological disorders and stroke, surgical neurology and neuroimaging.   These programs operate in one of the largest and most active clinical research environments in the world, making use of the Clinical Center at NIH.  They also interact with a large and active basic neuroscience community which has outstanding programs in ion channel biophysics, synaptic physiology, neural circuit function, cell biology, and developmental biology.  NINDS has centralized facilities for generation of stem cells and transgenic animals, microscopy, drug development, proteomics, state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities and a clinical trials unit.

The successful candidate for a tenure-track Investigator position is expected to build a dynamic and productive research group focused on clinical or translational problems that relate to the major areas of interest in the intramural program, and to develop strong interactions with one of the active clinical/translational programs. Laboratory/clinical facilities, shared research facilities, research funds and salary are competitive with comparable positions at premier academic institutions.  The individual should have a demonstrated background and knowledge in research focused on diseases of the nervous system. Experience in application of clinical trial methodology to the study of disease mechanisms and testing new therapies is highly desirable.  The candidate will have earned M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees and will have excellent scientific skills in structuring an original and productive research program using outstanding communication and collaborative abilities. Preference will be given to individuals who have completed clinical training in an accredited training program in neurology, neurosurgery, or other disciplines related to neurology (such as neuropathology or neuroradiology), and are either board eligible or board certified. 

The successful candidate for Assistant Clinical Investigator will have responsibility for a mentored research effort and a small amount of clinical care. The position provides independent resources including salary, operating budget, personnel and space.  The initial appointment is for 3 years with the possibility of up to two years’ extension. By the end of the appointment it is expected that the Assistant Clinical Investigator with outstanding research potential will be competitive for faculty positions at academic institutions.  The successful candidate should have completed a neurology residency or other subspecialty relevant to neurology and show great potential for independent research.  Substantial basic, translational, or clinical research experience equivalent to 2 years’ fellowship or else a Ph.D. is required.  A personalized plan will be developed by a mentoring committee to ensure completion of clinical training and selection of specific research topics.  The applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident with a valid medical license in one of the U.S. states/territories. 

Questions concerning the search should be directed to the Search Committee Chair Dr. Craig Blackstone at Craig.Blackstone@nih.gov.   Applicants should send curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and have three letters of reference sent to: NINDSClinicalSearch@mail.nih.govReview of applications is expected to begin on October 10, 2016, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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