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The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is the largest funder of infectious and immune-mediated disease research, and globally the institute is playing a major role in responding to disease outbreaks and pandemics. NIAID is at the center of generating and analyzing large, diverse, and complex data sets to accelerate the science of better understanding pathogen transmission and evolution, pathogen-host interactions, host immune response, and infectious and immune-mediated disease pathogenesis, as well as to develop new and improved diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. NIAID aims to advance data science to efficiently use large-scale and complex data for new scientific insights.

 What will I be doing?

Each fellow will collaborate with staff across the institute’s intramural and extramural divisions. Fellows will receive training and hands-on-experience in a broad range of data science topics, including data analytics, informatics methods, and software development, but will also be exposed to how data science funding programs are being developed for research and training, and in the design of data governance and sharing strategies. 

 Why should I apply?

You will have the opportunity to network and explore federal career opportunities. The NIH Bethesda, Maryland campus is home to more than 1,000 laboratories where scientists are engaged in virtually every area of biomedical research, so expertise in almost any discipline is readily accessible. Inter-Institute interest groups promote interactions between senior scientists and NIH fellows in different disciplines.

 Where will I be located?

NIAID offices in Bethesda, MD area

 What is the anticipated start date?

The exact start date will be determined between the mentor and applicant at time of selection. The initial appointment is for one year but may be renewed upon recommendation of NIAID contingent on the availability of funds. 

 What are the benefits?

  • Stipend: Competitive stipend ranging $80,990 – $91,958 annually, based on education and experience. 
  • Health Insurance Supplement: 100% of ORAU health insurance premiums covered for the duration of the appointment. 
  • Travel and Training Allowance: $6,000 annually


  • Received a Master’s or Doctoral degree in a relevant field within five years (60 months) of appointment start date. Current graduate students may apply but must complete their degree before the start of the appointment. 
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.