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Diversity in Aging Research Pipeline Program

The Training Office, within the Office of the Scientific Director, has developed a pilot program to enhance diversity within the NIA intramural research program and eventually within the biomedical research workforce. The Diversity in Aging Research Pipeline Program (DARPP), is a multi-entry pipeline program to develop and expose underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged students to aging research. Students will participate in ongoing NIH Training Programs to enter the pipeline and receive training from an NIA/IRP scientists in a highly mentored, structured environment. Long-term support and follow through will be provided to students as they matriculate through the various levels of education. We believe that this unique learning experience is for students who will soon evolve into our next generation of aging researchers.

Post-doctoral Fellowship Position:

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), a research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is the lead federal agency for aging, age-related disease, and Alzheimer’s disease research. The NIA Intramural Research Program’s (IRP). Diversity in Aging Research Pipeline Program (DARPP) seeks to enhance diversity within the workforce of aging-science researchers. The goal of the program is to provide professional development opportunities within the NIA IRP for underrepresented minorities, those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, and those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.

Opportunities exist in several NIA IRP laboratories pursuing varied types of research. More information about the NIA intramural program and participating faculty can be found at:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or M.D.) degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, genomics, epidemiology, neuroscience, biopsychology or a related biomedical science field. Prior experience in aging research is not required. All applicants must be from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, and have less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience. Prior experience and background in aging research is not required; we are interested in drawing new investigators into the field. Candidates may be U.S. citizens, permanent-residents, or foreign nationals. Salary will be commensurate with research experience according to the NIH intramural pay scale.

Interested applicants should e-mail curriculum vitae, a brief description of their research interests, a diversity statement describing their commitment and track record of activities promoting diversity and inclusion, and 3 letters of reference to:

The DARPP Selection Committee c/o Mrs. Taya Dunn Johnson
Send email to: with Subject Line: DARPP Application - Last Name

Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021. Interviews will be conducted in March - May 2021.

The fellowship will begin between June 2021 and August 2021. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.