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Bethesda, MD
10000+ employees
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
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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)

Company Updates

  • The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader to be the chief, Parasitology and International Programs Branch (PIPB), Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID). The chief directs and manages a complex scientific program that stimulates basic, translational, and clinical research and advances product development for parasitic diseases of national and international prominence. Additionally, the chief exercises broad influence on scientific programs aligned with U.S. and global health priorities and develops and articulates scientific priorities in concert with NIH and HHS goals and in the context of broader public health goals. For more information on the roles and responsibilities, qualifications, and the application process, visit The application deadline is July 31, 2020.

  • The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM), Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), Office of the Director (OD), NIH, is recruiting for a Health Scientist who has insight into animal models of human diseases. This position offers a unique opportunity to serve as an integral part of a Division with responsibility for programs that provide funding for the development of and access to critical animal models, which offer essential clues to a broad range of human disorders such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS. For more information on the roles and responsibilities, qualifications, and the application process, visit for the public and for the agency-wide announcement. The announcement opens July 6, 2020 and closes July 10, 2020.

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NIH – Why Work With Us?


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


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.

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


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:


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.


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:


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.

NIH Reviews

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    I genuinely love working at the NIH. All of my colleagues are smart, dedicated, and kind - people are here because of the public health mission, rather than to make a name for themselves. The work is interesting and intellectually stimulating, and very rewarding. I'm never bored.


    Sometimes there's a lot of government bureaucracy, for example with arranging travel.

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    Keep up the good work!

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NIH Photos

NIH photo of: Jennifer Wilson ❤ public service because “our lab is aiding in the advancement of scientific research that will lead to new medical therapies in the ongoing war against cancer.” Part of PSRW 2019
NIH photo of: The Office of Human Resources (OHR)'s Client Services Division (CSD) Walking Club had a blast participating in the 12th Annual NIH Take a Hike Day!
NIH photo of: Creating meaningful connections between people is one reason OHR employees ❤ “heart” public service. Part of Public Service Recognition Week 2019
NIH photo of: Chris Browne ❤ “hearts” public service because “inclusion is cherished.” Part of Public Service Recognition Week 2019
NIH photo of: NIAID's state-of-the-art biomedical research facilities at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML). RML encompasses roughly 35 buildings on 35 acres of land, and employs approximately 450 people.
NIH photo of: Everyone’s blood was pumping in the Clinical Center atrium on #NationalWearRedDay as they danced for the #OurHearts Dance Together sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
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NIH Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at NIH.


    The hiring and interview process went very quickly and it was extremely professional, while also being laid back and friendly. I had 3 people interview me at the same time. My interviewers was courteous and open to answering all my questions. They also offered great feedback, as well.

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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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