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Tenure-Track Investigator

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is leading research to solve pressing health challenges and inform practice and policy – optimizing health and advancing health equity into the future. The NINR, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a Tenure-Track Investigator to direct innovative research within its Intramural Research Program (IRP). The goal of this search is to identify a candidate who will enhance the development of novel and cutting-edge research aligned with NINR’s five complementary and synergistic research lenses: health equity, social determinants of health, population and community health, systems and models of care, and prevention and health promotion. 

NINR uses nursing’s holistic perspective to advance science that improves individual and population health and promotes health equity by identifying practice and policy solutions across clinical and community settings that address the realities of people’s lives and living conditions. Specifically, the NINR is moving in exciting new directions, and the investigator will play a role in shaping these developments. An approach that integrates health determinants at multiple levels and spans community to bench is anticipated for the Division of Intramural Research (DIR), with synergistic community, health services, laboratory, and translational research. The principal investigator is a key member of the NINR DIR.

The investigator will lead research that supports the overall mission of the NINR and the DIR. Resources will be made available accordingly and the investigator will be responsible for managing these resources (operating budget, human resources and space). NINR will provide laboratory and office space adequate to carry out an outstanding research program on the Bethesda campus. Development and implementation of community-based interventions aimed at decreasing health and healthcare inequities is highly valued for this position.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit:

  • a two-page summary of your research interests and how this aligns with the NINR research lenses;
  • a one-page statement describing your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research;
  • curriculum vitae; and
  • full contact information for five references.


Please submit your PDF or MS Word application package to:

Review of applications will begin on or about September 15, 2023 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Required Qualifications

We are seeking a candidate who is committed to scientific excellence and understands the intellectual benefits of collaborative research to enhance and increase emerging areas of community-based research—the many settings where nurses collaborate with individuals and their families and communities in health promotion and prevention, management and treatment of decreased functioning. Examples of these settings include clinics, schools and workplaces, homes and long-term care facilities, justice settings (e.g. federal prisons), and throughout the community.

Applicants hold a MD or PhD and have a track record in conducting community-based research. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who can lead their own program while also establishing and being part of collaborative efforts with the other PIs in the NINR intramural program. A diverse pool of applicants is sought, so qualified individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nurse scientists are highly encouraged to apply.

Bethesda, MD

The investigator will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided. Relocation expenses may be approved for the selectee.

Equal Opportunity Employment

DHHS, NIH, and NINR are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage applications from women, minorities and individuals with disabilities. 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. At NINR, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people do their best work.

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 Website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a detailed public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Foreign Education

Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment authorization visa.  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 education institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). 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 accommodations 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.