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Tenure-Track Career Path in DCEG

Charles Matthews investigates physical activity and cancer while demonstrating his tread desk, a treadmill equipped with a work surface to hold a laptop computer and papers.Roughly one quarter of DCEG’s scientific staff are “tenure-track”.

These early-to-mid-career scientists design and execute in-depth research into the environmental and genetic causes of cancer, and use and develop new methods for data analysis. Similar to academia, DCEG’s tenure-track provides a path to scientific tenure at NIH. Each investigator has one or more mentors and a tenure committee to support his or her research program and preparations for NIH tenure evaluation. Learn more about the tenure-track and criteria for tenure at NIH.

Life as a Tenure-Track Investigator

Each investigator is expected to manage an independent research portfolio, demonstrating innovation, creativity, and the ability to work collaboratively in teams. They are also expected to successfully train pre- and postdoctoral fellows. 

Tenure-track investigators receive professional development and career training, both within the Division and from NIH in the form of courses and lectures. Choose from a list of tenure-track investigators in DCEG and learn about what they do.  

Apply for a DCEG Tenure-Track Position

DCEG recruits tenure-track investigators from major academic and research institutions across the country and around the world. See currently available DCEG tenure-track openings.

In addition, the Division participates in the trans-NIH Earl Stadtman Investigator program. This highly competitive recruitment effort, launched in 2009 in memory of NIH Biochemist Earl Stadtman, brings in outstanding scientists whose interests span the biomedical research enterprise, and who are eager to take on the high-risk, high-impact research that is the signature of the NIH intramural program. The application process is now open and will run from August 1 through September 30, 2014. Find out more about the Earl Stadtman Investigator program.