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The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its own research and the distribution of grants, seeks to understand disease inside and out. Part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the government's main medical research entity. It ... Read more

Mission: NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability


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Best Places to Work: 2019 (#39)

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  • Thank you to our employees! NIH is proud to be named a Glassdoor Best Place to Work in 2019.
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  • The Intramural Research Program (IRP) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is recruiting a scientific computing professional to head their new Office of Scientific Computing (OSC) as the Scientific Information Officer.

    We are seeking a unique individual with a background in informatics, neuroscience, or computer science and a vision to shape scientific computing in the age of large-scale, collaborative neuroscience.

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    The Intramural Research Program (IRP) of the NIMH is recruiting a scientific computing professional to head a new Office of Scientific Computing (OSC) in the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program (NIMH IRP). This individual will act as the Scientific Information Officer for the NIMH IRP.

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NIH – Why Work For Us?


WHAT WE DO

NIH is the only agency of its kind. We impact the health of our country through unique and innovative medical research. NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $33 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability. We also play a significant role in helping Americans live longer and healthier — increasing life expectancy in the U.S. by more than 31 years since 1900. 

Whether you are graduating with a bachelor's degree, entering the workforce for the first time, changing careers, or working on your doctoral degree, NIH offers a place for you to start and plenty of room to grow.

When you join us, you’re not just advancing your career — you’re driving the health of our country forward


MISSION AND GOALS

Our mission is simple but critical: We strive to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

Each and every one of our employees play a crucial part in shaping our mission and achieving our goals.

BENEFITS

We believe in giving employees the flexibility and time they need to strike a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives. Our generous paid time off, sick leave, and flexible work schedules, along with child and elderly care options allow our team members to achieve a comfortable work-life balance.

Learn more about working at NIH and find your ideal position today.

OUR DEDICATION TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

NIH is deeply committed to providing all employees with the best environment and experience possible. We work tirelessly to advance diversity and inclusion to ensure that the contributions of all members are valued.

We have renamed ourselves the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, or EDI.

  

To achieve this, we enlist the help of a variety of offices, working groups, committees, and affinity groups to foster a work environment where equal employment opportunity is a reality, and diversity and inclusion is woven into the fabric of our Agency.

We know that when employees’ unique perspectives are understood and appreciated, creativity and innovation flourishes — leading to important discoveries in biomedical research that advance our nation’s health.

NIH is committed to working on diversity and inclusion 365 days a year. Traditionally celebrating specific causes each month, NIH seeks a longer and more impactful diversity and inclusion strategy. Thus, “EDI 365” where NIH employees and leadership are engaged in business decisions which influence inclusion and drive our business every day of the year.  

Learn more about our dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion:


PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF MEDICINE

Our scientists and medical professionals come to work each day to make an impact on our nation’s health. Their skills and dedication drive the research that makes it possible for NIH to make the discoveries that matter.

NIH/NCI's Dr. Apolo was featured in Universum's Top 100. Dr. Andrea Apolo M.D. is dedicated to improving the treatment and survival of patients with genitourinary tumors. Her research involves developing and designing clinical trials to test novel agents for the treatment of urologic cancers. 

     

 “We can undertake research here that just wouldn’t be possible at many other institutions.”

—Sonja M. Best, Chief of the Innate Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit at the Laboratory of Virology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

 

Sonja Best performs groundbreaking research to understand how viruses can evade the human immune system. She thrives thanks to having a supportive framework that gives her the freedom to exercise her imagination — which, she says, is “really the only limiting factor here.”

Meanwhile, Bechara Kachar, M.D., is investigating gradual hearing loss by using high-tech imaging. He isn’t just making critical discoveries, but also shaping the next generation of researchers. A stream of fellows has graduated from his lab and are now forging successful careers of their own.

NIH Scientific Training Programs

The NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) offers programs for high school and college students, recent college graduates, graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows.  The Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) provides career/professional development programming to help intramural trainees take maximal advantage of their time at NIH and progress successfully to the next step in their careers.

Learn More: Scientific Bio-Research Training

NIH FY 2018 Strategic Research Priorities


NIH Loan Repayment Programs for Health Professionals

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.

Learn more: NIH Loan Repayment Program


Learn more and find the perfect medical or scientific role for you.

BE A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE MISSION

You don’t have to be a scientist to drive biomedical research discoveries forward. At NIH, the administrative professionals support every aspect of our organization, allowing us to improve the health of the nation.

From auditors, to economists, to human resource assistants, the administrative employees make our work possible. At NIH, it’s about life, and our administrative staff are there to ensure the NIH is capable of achieving its mission. 

There are many other non-medical, technical, and administrative specialties under the Administrative careers umbrella which do not typically require knowledge or experience in the medical or bio-medical field. Discover some of our careers at NIH:


EMPOWERING STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES

We welcome the fresh perspectives that students and recent graduates bring to our team. NIH is always looking for talented, motivated individuals to explore our three paths:

  • NIH Internship Program:Gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience with NIH in temporary positions.
  • NIH Recent Graduates: Affords recent graduates the chance to develop their knowledge and skills to lead to careers at NIH.
  • NIH Presidential Management Fellows Program: Gives advanced degree candidates the opportunity to sharpen their leadership capabilities and meet career goals.

Learn more about how these opportunities can jumpstart your career.


NIH Student Loan Repayment Program

The NIH Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is a non-scientist loan repayment program. Its purpose is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified, non-scientist, NIH employees. The SLRP is managed centrally by the Office of Management (OM), Office of Human Resources (OHR) and is not among the eight research-based LRPs administered by the Division of Loan Repayment.

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    Pros

    Collegiality and sense of common public wellness permeates a scientific environment where virtually everything is possible!
    Opportunities for growth are abundant, you just need to work hard and look around if you feel the need of challenging yourself to grow.
    Principal Investigators are professionally trained to guide students and trainees to best school applications, or writing supportive reference letters that open doors to postdoctoral fellows all across the globe!
    Research is collaborative and extremely well-supported and professionally oriented to accommodate career developments of all kinds.
    Core facilities are comprehensively available, no budget restrictions for using them, there are always possibilities of collaborations.
    NIH in general is a welcoming, internationally diverse, and protective environment for science.
    I just got back as a contractor and feel like I should have never left to anywhere else.
    NIH is a beacon of hope for excellence in biomedical research, and seems to withstand the damaging US government political scenario nowadays that is affecting other agencies very negatively (such as FDA< EPA, etc.). There seems to be a heroic resistance in NIH to still provide the best unbiased approach in scientific research and enterprise.

    Cons

    As a Federal Agency, NIH is unfortunately subjected to some fluctuations in budget that may cause concerns, from temporary government shutdowns to labs closing out of funds (rarely happened).
    Research pace can sometimes be slow, depending on the lab where people work. To get things done, a lot of politics and pleasing administrative staff are required (supporting administrative staff are not necessarily in sync with research needs and may work in their own pace).

    Advice to Management

    Just keep maintaining the excellence and the excitement of cutting edge science and feeding the hope that we all deposit in this extremely important agency of research for our country, regardless the attempts of this current administration to dismiss everything that is public and good in this country.

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NIH Photos

NIH photo of: Aerial view of NIH Main Campus
NIH photo of: Actor Barbra Streisand visited the NIH on May 15, 2018 to give the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture, where she highlighted the issue of women's cardiovascular health.
NIH photo of: The All of Us Research Program launched on May 6, 2018 (https://launch.joinallofus.org/)
NIH photo of: First Lady Melania Trump visits The Children's Inn at NIH on 2/14/18
NIH photo of: The Dalai Lama visits with a patient at the NIH in March 2014
NIH photo of: The Louis Stokes Laboratories, also known as Building 50, on the NIH campus in Spring 2016.
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    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at NIH (Bethesda, MD) in August 2016.

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    Sent an email to the PI. He met me the following week. We met at the NIH. I think it was helpful that I was already there. Otherwise, they usually conduct either a Skype or a phone interview. Some PIs will fly you in and interview in person.

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NIH Awards & Accolades

  • Universum's Top 100 Most Attractive Employers, Universum, 2018
  • Universum's Top 100 Most Attractive Employers, Universum, 2017
  • 2016 WorldatWork Work-Life Seal of Distinction, WorldatWork, 2016
  • 2016 Dean's Edition of US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine's "Top Supporter", U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine, 2016
  • Universum's Top 100 Most Attractive Employers, Universum, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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