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Vacancy Announcement

Chief of the Immunity, Inflammation and Disease Laboratory

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is recruiting for a new Chief of the Immunity, Inflammation and Disease Laboratory (IIDL, within the Division of Intramural Research. The NIEHS is located in Research Triangle Park (RTP), near to the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, and Duke University.

The NIEHS is a premier research institute where intramural investigators study a wide range of important biologic questions related to effects of the environment on human health. IIDL is composed of ten independent research groups that focus on the immune system, and a better understanding of how the human body protects itself against adverse environmental exposures.


The ideal candidate will be tenure-eligible based on an outstanding academic record of achievement, leadership capabilities, and broad interests in immunology, inflammation, and disease biology. In addition to directing his/her own independent research program, the Chief will be responsible for leading IIDL in new directions as research in environmental health science continually evolves. Principal investigators in the NIH intramural program have no formal teaching duties, are funded internally, and work with a great deal of protected time. They engage directly in high risk/high reward research with postdoctoral fellows, students, and support staff, and collaborate with colleagues to solve important scientific problems. Applicants should have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field, and a demonstrated interest in immunology, inflammation, and disease biology.

Application Process

The successful candidate for this position will be eligible for a tenured appointment, and will receive a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments. The successful candidate will receive full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

Equal Opportunity Employment

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Foreign Education

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Reasonable Accommodation

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted May 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 (submission deadline may be extended if needed). Interested persons should send their curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interests and goals, and the contact information for 5-7 references (including full name, title, affiliation, contact number and email address) in one combined PDF to Ms. Bonnie Earnhardt at Please reference vacancy number DIR-AC1351, and your name in the subject line of your email submission. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women, or persons from other groups which are underrepresented in biomedical research. Incomplete applications or paper applications will not be accepted. The selection committee will begin evaluating applications on July 1, 2018.

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This page last reviewed on April 25, 2018

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