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Tenure-Track Earl Stadtman Investigator

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 high-risk, 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. The areas of active recruitment include basic, clinical, epidemiological, and population sciences research.

The Scientific Directors of the NIH’s 23 intramural programs, and the search committee chairs work together to identify the finalists to be recruited as Earl Stadtman Investigators. The NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) selects successful candidates as tenure-track investigators for its research programs. DCEG conducts a national and international program of multidisciplinary, population- and family-based studies to discover the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer and new approaches to cancer prevention.

Qualifications/eligibility: Candidates 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. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-authorization visa.

Salary: 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 ample opportunities to mentor and train outstanding fellows at all levels.

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 public health awards. Representatives from the NIH research programs then invite candidates of interest to them to discuss their research at a lecture open to the NIH scientific staff, and to interview with search committee members. Top candidates will be nominated as finalists for Earl Stadtman tenure-track positions.

Candidates not selected as Stadtman finalists can be considered for other open NIH research positions. The entire process from application review to job offer may take several months, depending on the volume of applications.

How to apply: The NIH online application process for the 2020 cycle is now closed. Please check this page in summer 2021 for information on the next cycle.


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.

The NIH Intramural Research Program, with its extensive infrastructure and critical mass of expertise well established, has a crucial role in both maintaining America’s research excellence and advancing treatments and cures. Come join the team whose hallmarks are scientific excellence, intellectual freedom, shared resources and broad expertise.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.