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Laboratory Chief, Laboratory of Viral Diseases: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Division of Intramural Research

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) within NIAID seeks an outstanding scientist to serve as Chief of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases (LVD) in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Research programs in LVD explore fundamental aspects of cell and molecular biology, viral pathogenesis, and viral immunology within a diverse group of medically important viruses. These research programs aim to create knowledge that increases a basic biological understanding of viral pathogens and their interactions with their hosts and to generate new strategies for preventing and treating viral diseases. See more information about LVD.

This position is similar to that of a department chair at a university, and responsibilities include the following:

  • Oversee resource allocation
  • Set personnel and training standards
  • Determine the overall scientific vision of LVD, which comprises eight principal investigators

The incumbent will be provided with resources to conduct their own independent laboratory research and, as appropriate, translational/clinical research. Committed resources include space, support personnel, research staff, and an allocated annual budget to cover services, supplies, and salaries. Access to high containment facilities is available.


  • A doctoral degree (Ph.D., D.V.M, M.D.) or equivalent degree in a relevant field

In addition to meeting this requirement, the ideal candidate will have a highly successful track record in leading a strong independent research program that approaches important questions in the biology, pathogenesis, or immunology of human viral pathogens.

U.S. citizenship is not required, and compensation is commensurate with experience, qualifications, and accomplishments. A complete federal civil service package of benefits (including retirement plans; insurance plans for health and life; and Thrift Savings Plans [401k equivalent]) is available.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send the following to NIAIDDIRSearch@NIAID.NIH.GOV

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • In your CV, please describe your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving groups underrepresented in biomedical research, as defined by the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity
  • Bibliography
  • Two- to three-page description of their proposed individual research program
  • A statement describing their scientific and administrative vision for the laboratory, including approaches to training, management, and commitment to fostering diversity in biomedical research

Additionally, three letters of reference must be sent directly from the referees. Women and people from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed beginning August 21, 2023, and will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, email Jamie Hatfield.

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