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The Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) is available to promising researchers who are interested in pursuing full-time, semi-independent research in National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) laboratories.


Post-doctoral fellows in this program select laboratories that are compatible with their academic interests and career plans.

An important aspect of the postdoctoral training experience at NHGRI is the intensive mentoring that the fellow receives from an NHGRI investigator, including career counseling. Trainees also receive extensive support from the NHGRI Intramural Training Office, which serves as a focal point for training and career development and whose goal is to improve the overall training experience at NHGRI. All fellows are encouraged to participate in post-doctoral seminar series, activities offered through the NHGRI Fellows Committee, and other NHGRI- and National Institutes of Health (NIH)- sponsored career development programs.

IRTAs are initially awarded for one to two years. These awards may be extended to a maximum of five years, depending on the annual review of the trainee's research accomplishments and the availability of institutional resources.

Postdoctoral candidates must be United States citizens or permanent residents with a doctoral degree and less than five years of relevant post-doctoral experience. Postdoctoral candidates from non-United States countries are welcome to apply for a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship.


Information on current Postdoctoral openings in NHGRI laboratories can be found at Postdoctoral Positions at NHGRI.

Information on current Postdoctoral openings at NHGRI and other NIH Institutes can be found at Current NIH Postdoctoral Openings.

Last updated: November 15, 2012