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
NIH is the only agency of its kind. We greatly 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about our dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion:
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.
The NIH IRP offers programs for high school and college students, recent college graduates, graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows. The 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
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
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 admnistrative 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:
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:
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.
I worked at NIH full-time
Wonderful opportunity to interact with leading physicians and scientists in respective fields. Amazing exposure to top science lectures and research opportunities.
It was difficult to attain vertical growth without any graduate degree. Very hierarchical structure, and it is difficult to have personal projects.
Advice to Management
Continue to promote involvement in leading scientific lectures and small groups by postbacc irtas, as they are great ways to promote involvement in science research.
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at NIH (Bethesda, MD) in August 2016.
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.