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 27 Institutes and Centers within the NIH! As a Medical Officer (Clinical) you will be responsible for administering clinical, basic and independent research programs; working collaboratively to facilitate the conduct of clinical investigations; supporting the clinical infrastructure by serving on important clinical committees; and supporting clinical training programs.

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:
  • Asthma
  • Allergy
  • Anesthesiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Blood Disorders
  • 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
  • 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
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 As a Medical Officer (Clinical) you may be involved in some of the following:

  • Administer clinical and basic research projects
  • Plan, organize, and direct research programs involving direct patient care using applied and/or basic research
  • Review, analyze, and investigate clinical trials, protocols, and the treatment of patients
  • Analyze, evaluate and interpret scientific and clinical data to prepare papers for publication and presentation
  • Conceptualize new research direction and projects
  • Create drug development plans, including Phase I, II and III clinical trials
  • Keep abreast of scientific and clinical developments through review of literature and attending professional meetings, conferences, and symposia