Employment Opportunities

Intramural employment opportunities in research with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) are listed below. The NINDS is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), all of which are Equal Opportunity Employers. The NINDS and NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. All employees are subject to a background investigation. Additional training opportunities for fellows can be found described at the left menu, including Postdoctoral Fellowships and Clinical Fellowships. Other positions within NINDS as a whole (including the Division of Extramural Research) can be found on the Careers at NINDS webpage.

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Tenure-track Investigator

Review begins: January 27, 2023

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is searching for an outstanding translational investigator for a Tenure Track Investigator position as part of the NINDS Intramural Stroke Branch. The successful individual will be expected to develop and direct a lab-based research program. We are particularly interested in investigators with an interest in basic mechanisms of stroke and related diseases using pre-clinical models. Investigators should be interested in translating these findings toward potential applications to humans and using results from humans to stimulate new pre-clinical studies. The individual will have excellent skills in structuring an original, productive, and important research program. They must have excellent communication skills. A Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. D.V.M.., Pharm. D., M.D. degree, or equivalent doctoral degree is required. The individual should have demonstrated independent research skills and the ability to help build their own research program. 

With the arrival of a new Branch Chief in 2021, the Stroke Branch is in a period of exciting revitalization and is searching for an outstanding scientist with an innovative research track record in basic/translational problems related to stroke using pre-clinical models. Interest in cerebral small vessel disease or vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia would also fit in well with the scientific goals of the Branch. The Stroke Branch has advanced both basic and clinical science in its laboratories on the Bethesda, MD, intramural research campus and through strong collaborations with local area hospitals. The focus of the Stroke Branch going forward will include both basic/translational and clinical/epidemiological innovative research program(s) in all aspects of stroke, acute traumatic brain injury, and/or vascular cognitive impairment. The NINDS Stroke Branch has already made important basic and translational contributions to our understanding of stroke and related disease.

The Division of Intramural Research at NINDS boasts strong programs in movement disorders, neuroimmunology, neurogenetics, cortical plasticity, surgical neurology, and neuroimaging relevant to neurological disorders and stroke. There is a large and active basic neuroscience community in NINDS and within the larger neuroscience community at NIH, which has outstanding programs in ion channel biophysics, synaptic physiology, neural circuit function, as well as cell and developmental biology.

Laboratory facilities, shared research facilities, research funds, and salary are competitive with premier academic institutions. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full civil service benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) package is available. NIH is committed to enhancing diversity at all levels and a demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity in science is also important.

Applicants must submit their curriculum vitae (CV) including bibliography and description of research interests, and three references. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women or other underrepresented groups in biomedical research. Applications will be accepted beginning November 28, 2022. Review of applications is expected to begin January 27, 2023, and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired. All materials should be sent to Pat Lyall at Patricia.Lyall@nih.gov(email).

All employees are subject to a background investigation.

DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

Staff Clinician, Neuroimmunology Clinic

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)


The NINDS Neuroimmunology Clinic oversees clinical research for a variety of neuroimmune and neuroinfectious diseases, with a particular focus on multiple sclerosis, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, and tropical spastic paraparesis, and specializes in early-phase clinical trials and natural history studies.

 

The Neuroimmunology Clinic seeks a Staff Clinician who will assist in oversight of the research protocols, participate in patient management, teach clinical fellows and other trainees, and closely interact with other programs in NINDS and other NIH Institutes. Within the Neuroimmunology Clinic, the Staff Clinician will direct a team composed of nurses, fellows, and other trainees. Some effort will be protected for research and teaching. This position represents a unique and exciting opportunity for a neurologist looking to expand and deepen their expertise in these areas, in part through collaboration at the NIH Clinical Center.

Applicants must be neurologists with fellowship training or equivalent experience in neuroimmunology, multiple sclerosis, and/or neuroinfectious disease. Experience with the differential diagnosis and management of such disorders is critical. The ideal candidate will also have training and experience in clinical research.

Applicants must hold an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. or equivalent degree, as well as a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. They must further meet all requirements to be credentialed at the NIH Clinical Center.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. A full civil service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available. 

Applicants should send a CV (including bibliography), a statement of research interests, and a list of three references, to Dr. Lauren Reoma (lauren.reoma@nih.gov). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications from women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Staff Scientist, Functional Neurosurgery Section

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Functional Neurosurgery Section (FNS), Surgical Neurology Branch (SNB)


A Staff Scientist position is available in Dr. Kareem Zaghloul’s laboratory, the Functional Neurosurgery Section, in the Surgical Neurology Branch at National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).  The focus of Dr. Zaghloul’s laboratory is on acquiring and analyzing neural signals directly captured from the human brain to understand the neural correlates of cognitive function. Current projects are focused on capturing single unit spiking activity from microelectrode recordings and in understanding how population spiking activity encodes information in the service of memory.

The focus of the Staff Scientist position is to support the research goals of the Section by independently proposing, designing, and performing experiments, including the following:

  • Acquiring and processing intracranial EEG and single unit spiking activity from the human brain
  • Performing analyses on neural data to understand the neural correlates of memory
  • Analyzing neural data captured while participants are at rest or engaging in natural behavior
  • Analyzing ictal and inter-ictal data to understand patterns of seizure onset and propagation
  • Develop computational models that relate patterns of neural activity across spatial scales to behavior

At NIH, the “Staff Scientist” is a central member of research teams, who typically runs the scientific and teaching aspects of a Principal Investigator’s (PI) research program.  He/she would provide direct supervision for 3-4 students and/or postbacs.  Together with the PI, he/she would steer the long-term direction of the research group.  The opportunity also exists for the Staff Scientist to conduct his/her own studies in the above research area.  See https://irp.nih.gov/pi/thomas-reese for further information.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Neuroscience and significant experience in computational neuroscience, data analysis, and computer coding. He/she should have publications demonstrating these skills, as well as expertise in the area of computational modeling.  Fluent command of both spoken and written English is imperative. Applicant should have experience in supervising trainees in laboratory research and must have a track record indicative of innovative thinking.   Appointees may be US citizens or resident aliens.  The position is subject to a background check.

SALARY/BENEFITS: The successful candidate will be offered salary and benefits commensurate with experience and accomplishments. The appointment will be a Staff Scientist and would be through the Title 42 mechanism - http://hr.od.nih.gov/benefits/pay/default.htm.

TO APPLY:  E-mail a single PDF document to Kareem Zaghloul (kareem.zaghloul@nih.gov) containing the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least 3 references

Deadline for applications:  Review of applications is expected to begin on October 1, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research

Job Contact: Joanne Pomponio

Office/Branch/Division: Division of Intramural Research


The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) seeks a Scientific Director with creative vision and strong leadership skills to guide its intramural neuroscience programs.  The Scientific Director will lead the NINDS intramural neuroscience programs in collaboration with the NINDS Clinical Director.  Currently the Scientific Director allocates an approximately $200 million annual budget, in consultation with the NINDS Director and the NINDS Clinical Director, to intramural NINDS laboratories and clinical programs in the NIH Clinical Center. The successful candidate will oversee a diverse group of 52 independent principal investigators (PIs), 15 science core leaders, and 280 trainees conducting research in basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience and help chart the future for a vibrant NIH neuroscience research community. The Scientific Director is advised by the NINDS Board of Scientific Counselors, a panel comprising prominent extramural researchers.  The Scientific Director reports to and also advises the NINDS Director on relevant NINDS policies. The Scientific Director recruits new faculty and steers a vibrant training program that includes post-doctoral, pre-doctoral and post-baccalaureate researchers. Most importantly, the Scientific Director, with the investigator community, charts the future direction of NIH’s intramural world-class neuroscience research.

Physical resources are outstanding including the Porter Neuroscience Research Center which joins together neuroscience PIs from multiple NIH Institutes and the NIH Clinical Center, the nation’s largest research hospital.  The NINDS Scientific Director plays a key leadership role in helping to integrate the different neuroscience programs across the Porter Neuroscience Research Center and the NIH intramural program.   

LOCATION:   Bethesda, Maryland

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. and an established record of outstanding research accomplishments, scientific leadership, and service within the basic and/or clinical neuroscience community.  The Scientific Director may supervise their own research laboratory, supported by resources commensurate with the size and scope of their program. 

VACCINATION MANDATE:  In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to exceptions that may be required by law. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before your entrance on duty if you are selected after the compliance date. Your HR Consultant will provide a list of documents acceptable as proof of vaccination and instructions for how to submit a request for a legally required exception, if needed, to comply with vaccination requirement. 

SALARY/BENEFITS:  Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.  A full package of Federal Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).  A recruitment and/or relocation incentive may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.

EXPANDED/MAXIMUM TELEWORK POSTURE:  Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture.  If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice to do so, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling.  These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy. 

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.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at the NIH Ethics Program website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

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 Service 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: Applicants should send a curriculum vitae with bibliography and a cover letter (not to exceed two (2) pages) that describes their qualifications for the position. Please include in the cover letter a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, and examples of initiatives you have undertaken that illustrate your commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. In a subsequent two (2) pages the applicant should outline scientific plans for their own research as well as their scientific vision or ideas for potential development of the NINDS intramural research program. Application materials should be sent electronically to the NINDS Deputy Director, c/o Ms. Joanne Pomponio at jpomponio@nih.gov

.  Review of applications will begin on Monday, December 13, 2021 and applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled.  Please contact Ms. Pomponio at jpomponio@nih.gov

with questions and for more information about this position.

PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR BIRTH DATE OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (SSN) ON APPLICATION MATERIALS

Staff Clinician, Infections of the Nervous System

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking an outstanding neurologist to serve as a Staff Clinician in the Section of Infections of the Nervous System within the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurovirology in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR). Staff Clinicians in NINDS conduct basic, translational, and clinical research, provide care for patients at the NIH Clinical Center, train junior investigators, and collaborate within NINDS and across other institutes and extramural collaborators.  More detailed information about the NINDS Division of Intramural Research may be found at: https://dir.ninds.nih.gov/ninds/Home.html

Staff Clinicians can have a wide range of responsibilities relating to oversight of a clinical intramural research program. The Staff Clinician will lead the Clinical research program in the Section of Infections of the Nervous System and will be responsible for providing clinical care and consultation on patients who demonstrate neurologic complications of rare neuroinflammatory, neuroinfectious diseases and emerging infections.  This includes management of HIV clinical research protocols. Duties include development of laboratory and/or clinical research protocols, collaborative research efforts with investigators in the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurovirology and across NINDS, mentorship and education of trainees, data analysis and evaluation, and publication of results.

The successful candidates must be an M.D./D.O. or M.D./Ph.D. and be a board-certified neurologist with relevant training or clinical and research experience in neuroimmunology and/or neuroinfectious diseases; hold a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States; and meet the requirements to be clinically credentialed at the NIH Clinical Center.  

Salary will be commensurate with experience. A full civil service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available. 

Please include in your curriculum vitae (CV) a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Applicants should send their CV, including bibliography, statement of research interests and names of three referees to:   Barbara Jaruga (barbara.jaruga@nih.gov).  Any questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Irene Cortese, Chair of the search committee (irene.cortese@nih.gov) or Dr. Avindra Nath, Chief of the Section of Infections of the Nervous System (avindra.nath@nih.gov) Advertisements will run and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications from women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Appointees may be US citizens or resident aliens.

Director, Neurology Consultation Service

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Intramural Research Program is seeking a Staff Clinician to lead the Neurology Consultation Service at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The Neurology Consultation Service provides neurological evaluations and advice on the care of primarily adult and some pediatric inpatients and outpatients who are enrolled in clinical protocols at the Clinical Center. The NIH Clinical Center is the largest research hospital in the world and conducts early-phase clinical trials and natural history studies of rare disorders.

The candidate will direct a consult team composed of nurses, fellows, and other trainees. Some effort will be protected for research, teaching and administration. Experience with the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of neurological problems, particularly related to oncological, immunological, and genetic disorders, is important. This is also a unique and exciting opportunity for a neurologist looking to expand and deepen their expertise in these areas.

The successful applicant must have an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. and be a board-certified Neurologist. Expertise in neuroimmunology is preferred. The applicant should hold a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States; and meet the requirements to be credentialed at the NIH Clinical Center. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated leadership ability, and relevant training in clinical care and research.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. A full civil service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available.

Applicants should send curriculum vitae, including bibliography, statement of research interests and a list of three references to: Katy Finnell, NINDS/NIH/DHHS, 10/2A23, 10 Center Dr., MSC 1430, Bethesda, MD 20892 or via email: finnellk@nih.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications from women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Appointees may be US citizens or resident aliens.

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