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Postdoctoral Fellow - Alzheimer and Related Dementias Independent Scholar (ARDIS)

National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

About the position

NIH CARD seeks applications for the Alzheimer and Related Dementias Independent Scholars (ARDIS) Program from highly motivated early-career scientists working in the field of AD/ADRD and/or neurodegeneration who have demonstrated experience in collaborative research, a demonstrated ability to work independently, and a strong commitment and vision for building a diverse scientific community.

The Alzheimer and Related Dementias Independent Scholars (ARDIS) Program provides an exciting and well-supported opportunity for early-career researchers to transition to an independent investigator position. The ARDIS Program provides early-career researchers a time-limited independent Principal Investigator (PI) appointment, generous resources, and access to research cores and infrastructure within CARD and the broader NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP).

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What you'll need to apply

To apply, please visit the CARD website and submit appropriate documents to:

Sarah Lewis, Intramural Program Specialist; Office of the Scientific Director
National Institute on Aging
Reference Vacancy #CARD-22-01-SL

The position will be open until filled and applications will be reviewed on the 1st business day of each month.

Contact name

Sarah Lewis

Contact email


The successful individual(s) must have a Ph.D. or M.D. in Neuroscience, or related fields, with relevant AD/ADRD or neurodegeneration research experience as evidenced in publications. Preferred candidates will have an enthusiasm for translational science in the related fields. It is essential that the candidates also possess a strong commitment to and evidence of promoting diversity. Candidates must be United States (U.S.) citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Eligible candidates include current NIH Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Research Fellows and non-FTE postdoctoral fellows, as well as candidates from outside NIH. At the time of application, candidates must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience in total, and internal NIH candidates must have less than 3 years of postdoctoral research experience at the NIH IRP.

Scholars in the ARDIS Program will be appointed as Research Fellows (FTE), with a time-limited appointment of three (3) years. ARDIS Scholars will be independent, non-tenure-track Principal Investigators (PIs). They will be scientifically independent from their previous mentor. The selected candidate will be allocated independent resources and will be invited to participate in faculty meetings and other NIA/NINDS activities along with tenure-track and tenured investigators. Scholars will be offered scientific independence, access to technology and expertise, and through the K22 mechanism, opportunities to compete for funding for their future career as a PI. Resources will include a standard operating budget and up to two (2) post-baccalaureate fellows or other time-limited technical staff (non-FTE) positions. Although ARDIS Scholars will be supervised by the CARD Director, they will interact with scientists from the IRP and scientific community at large and will independently manage their resources to conduct original research.

Additional Information

The NIH is an equal opportunity employer, and applicants from all backgrounds, including minorities and women, are strongly encouraged to apply.