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Earl Stadtman Investigator Program

The NIH Intramural Research Program annually considers candidates to be named Earl Stadtman Investigators. These tenure-track level positions are for creative, independent thinkers eager to take on innovative, high-impact research. Applicants are asked to share their ideas for a novel research program, their career aspirations, and how they would contribute to the NIH mission. 

Selection Process

Search committees composed of subject-matter experts review and evaluate applicants based on the following criteria: publication record, potential scientific impact of current and proposed research, scientific vision, demonstrated independence, and honors and awards. Selected applicants are nominated as candidates for Earl Stadtman tenure-track positions. The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) then selects candidates that fit its research areas to interview and to present seminars open to the public. After that step, the DCEG leadership chooses some or all of those candidates for hire based on the Division’s research requirements and funding.


Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree and have an outstanding record of research accomplishments as evidenced by publications in major peer-reviewed journals. Preference is given to applicants who are in the early stages of their research careers; only non-tenured applicants are considered. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-authorization visa.


Meet DCEG Stadtman Investigators

Jiyeon Choi, Erikka Loftfield and Megan Clarke are DCEG's newest Earl Stadtman Investigators.

Jiyeon Choi, Erikka Loftfield, Megan Clarke

Successful candidates are offered competitive salaries commensurate with experience and qualifications, and they are assigned ample research space and resources, supported positions, and an operating budget. Scientists focus entirely on their research, with opportunities to mentor and train outstanding fellows at all levels.

How to Apply

The deadline for the 2021 application cycle is September 30, 2021. Visit the NIH Stadtman information pages to apply online.

Learn More About the Program

Read the inspiring story of Earl and Thressa Stadtman's research. You can find more information about the NIH and its policies on the NIH Intramural Research Program website and in the NIH Sourcebook. Specific questions regarding this recruitment effort may be directed to Dr. Roland Owens, Assistant Director, NIH Office of Intramural Research.

For questions specific to DCEG, please contact Dr. Jackie Lavigne, Chief, DCEG Office of Education.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.