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Center for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Research Fellow


NIH Center for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias

Job Location

NIH Campus
Bethesda, MD 20892
United States


Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life, and long-term care insurance, Thrift Saving Plan, etc.) is available.

Job Description

The CARD Research Fellowship Program provides postdoctoral scientists an opportunity for significant exposure to performing and leading state of the art biomedical research and a platform with which to design and build their portfolio of research and scientific management skills as they seek a fully independent position. The CARD Research Fellow will play a substantial role in the design and implementation of a research direction and program in the space of AD/ADRD. Research Fellows do not receive independent resources, although they are expected to work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the Center.

Over the period of the fellowship, the successful applicant will gain significant training in and exposure to managing resources, designing and running independent research programs, and seeking funding and support for their own research goals. The successful candidate will have access to CARD resources and expertise of CARD personnel to execute established and proposed research initiatives. The research direction of the successful candidate(s) will be guided by the Director of CARD, relevant Principal Investigators, and a mentoring committee of subject matter experts. The successful candidate will be interacting with the scientists from the IRP and scientific community at large.

A Research Fellow is a NIH Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employee who is on a time-limited, renewable appointment. While the duration of this appointment may be dependent on a number of factors, an initial appointment is typically 2-3 years. Candidates for the CARD Research Fellowship Program must have no more than four years of postdoctoral experience at the time of application.


The successful individual must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in neuroscience, genetics, genomics, or related fields, with productive postdoctoral experience as demonstrated by outstanding scholastic achievement and the ability to successfully conduct laboratory research with minimal supervision, as evidenced in publications and through letters of reference. At the time of application, candidates must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident (green card, resident alien), or foreign national with a valid employment-authorized visa.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests and goals (not to exceed three pages), mentoring and diversity statement (indicate specific activities or accomplishments to promote diversity and inclusion of women and persons from other underrepresented groups in biomedical research (not to exceed one page), and two letters of recommendation to: Sarah Lewis, Supervisory Management Analyst, Office of the Scientific Director, National Institute on Aging, Vacancy #CARD-23-05-SL via email at [email protected]. Applications, including letters of recommendation, must reference the Vacancy #CARD-23-05-SL. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled and will be reviewed on a rolling, monthly basis.

About Our Organization

CARD is a collaborative initiative of the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke that supports basic, translational, and clinical research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. CARD’s central mission is to initiate, stimulate, accelerate, and support research that will lead to the development of improved treatments and preventions for these diseases.

Our scientific themes include:

Molecular pathogenesis anchored in genetics
Disease subtyping, prediction, and progression
De-risking of Alzheimer's and related dementias therapeutic targets
Precision therapeutics

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