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Careers at NIA

NIA, one of 27 NIH Institutes and Centers, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is also the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research. To learn about new opportunities, subscribe to NIA Training and Career Development Updates e-alerts.

NIA’s most valuable asset is its dedicated and knowledgeable staff. If you would like to join us in our mission, explore current career opportunities in NIA’s Extramural Research Program (ERP) and Intramural Research Program (IRP):

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

NIA is committed to advancing the most innovative science, as well as a sound administrative infrastructure to support our research. This could not be accomplished without a workforce representative of all ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. We have designed and implemented resources and training to promote diversity and inclusion in hiring and retention, and to help our staff learn about, recognize, and thwart unconscious bias. We encourage Institute staff at all stages of their careers to engage with individuals who are different from them to broaden their views and perspectives. Additionally, we encourage open discussion and employee feedback through multiple channels to help to nurture inclusion and demonstrate that everyone’s opinion is valued equally.

NIA is dedicated to: 

  • Regular and respectful dialogue with employees of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds;
  • Broad, inclusive, and diverse hiring practices to identify individuals who can contribute thoughtfully to the NIA mission; 
  • Consideration of people who have the potential to make productive, long-term contributions to our Institute; and
  • A progressive and flexible workplace environment in which all individuals have the opportunity to flourish.

NIH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NIH’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strives to maintain equity through complaint prevention, grievance practices, and conflict resolution. Learn more about equity, diversity, and inclusion at NIH.

Extramural Research Program

NIA is home to five extramural research divisions. You can learn more about each research division and click on the links below to learn about current job openings.

Division of Aging Biology

Division of Behavioral and Social Research

Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology

There are no openings at this time.

Division of Extramural Activities

Division of Neuroscience

Intramural Research Program

NIA's Intramural Research Program (IRP) comprises seven scientific laboratories, the Translational Gerontology Branch, the Center for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (CARD), and ten core facilities. The research program has three main focus areas: Neuroscience, Aging Biology, and Translational Gerontology.

IRP Training Programs

IRP offers opportunities for high school, college, post-bac, medical, and post-doc students to train and gain research experience in laboratory and clinical medicine.

Learn more about training opportunities.

Center for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (CARD)

Scientific Laboratories and Branches

Office of Administrative Management

The Office of Administrative Management includes five branches focused on administrative management, ethics, financial management, information technology, and workforce and strategic planning.

There are no openings at this time.

Office of the Director

The Office of the Director includes offices on special populations, policy, communications, and planning and evaluation.