Job Overview


The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

Join one of the 24 Institutes and Centers within the NIH that awards extramural grants!  Extramural grants account for approximately 83 percent of NIH's $30 billion budget and are awarded to investigators throughout the U.S. and abroad.  As a Medical Officer (Clinical) you will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities for a portfolio of research projects and programs.  

To learn more about the grants process, types of grant programs, and the peer review process, visit the website for the Office of Extramural Research.  These positions are located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), within multiple Institutes/Centers or the Office of the Director.


The NIH has a large number of positions to fill in a wide variety of specialty areas. They include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Periodontics
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Prosthodontics
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Therapeutic Radiology
  • Thrombosis
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Asthma
  • Allergy
  • Anesthesiology
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cardiology (non-invasive)
  • Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Coagulation Disorders
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Critical Care (Board Certified)
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Drug Development
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Endodontic
  • Epidemiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Practice – Dentistry
  • General Surgery
  • Genomics
  • Geriatrics
  • Genetics
  • Gerontology
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology
  • Hepatology
  • Hepatitis
  • Hospitalist
  • Homeostatsis
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Care
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Neurology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obstetrics


To learn more about Medical Officer positions at the NIH please visit:


As a Medical Officer (Clinical) you will:

  • Provide independent leadership in research of national and international significance, participating in the overall planning, development, and implementation of policies and procedures related to the extramural program
  • Administer clinical and basic research projects, including clinical trials, supported by the assigned organization
  • Actively collaborate in the planning, development, implementation and administration of research and training programs, projects, contracts, conferences and workshops
  • Establish goals and objectives for the assigned research area and organize efforts to initiate pioneering programs and resolve critical issues involving accomplishment of the research
  • Evaluate the recommendations of peer review programs, scientific merit of proposed research, availability and adequacy of facilities, and justification for individual budget items
  • Formulate concept for Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, and Requests for Proposals while ensuring the funded research is scientifically valid and complies with the Institute/Center
  • Maintain liaison with investigators, institutions, organizations and other government agencies