U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesHHS National Institutes of HealthNIH National Center for Advancing Translational SciencesNCATS


Stem Cell Scientist and Postdoctoral Positions, Division of Preclinical Innovation

National Institutes of Health
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Division of Preclinical Innovation
Chemical Genomics Branch
Stem Cell Translation Laboratory
Rockville, Maryland


NCATS, a major research component of the NIH, seeks applications from qualified candidates with expertise in developmental biology and human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to fill stem cell scientist and postdoctoral positions in the Stem Cell Translation Laboratory (SCTL) within the Chemical Genomics Branch of the Center’s Division of Preclinical Innovation. The SCTL focuses on translating human pluripotent stem cells, such as iPSCs, into clinical applications and drug discovery by developing innovative technologies, methods and comprehensive multi-omics data sets through differentiation into relevant cell types in 2-D/3-D cell culture systems. Successful candidates will have a chance to develop their skills in a highly dynamic environment, embedded in a team of passionate scientists working on a wide range of projects related to translational stem cell biology. They will have a chance to interact with experienced bioinformaticians at NCATS, external service providers and collaborators at top academic institutions.

Core Responsibilities

The selected candidates will join a multidisciplinary team of innovative scientists with expertise in assay development, high-throughput and high-content screening, compound management, automation engineering, bioinformatics, medicinal chemistry and various “-omics” technologies. They will work in a highly creative environment, focusing on important aspects of human pluripotency and cellular differentiation using cutting-edge technologies (e.g., single-cell analysis, deep sequencing, robotic cell culture, high-throughput electrophysiology, genome editing). They will keep accurate and complete records of all scientific experiments according to established procedures and ensure that these records and raw data are properly retained. They also will draft technical reports, manuscripts and patent applications and present work internally and externally to consultants and collaborators as needed.


Each applicant must possess an advanced degree (M.D. and/or Ph.D.) in a relevant field. Exceptional candidates with master’s degrees and strong backgrounds in stem cell biology will be considered. Candidates with experience in drug discovery, cell and tissue engineering, cell signaling, or quantitative biology are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidates should be team players with high scientific standards and have the ability to work in an interactive, fast-paced environment. They must be self-motivated to learn new technologies and be familiar with the methods and concepts of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.


Annual stipends are provided and are based on the NIH Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award scale; health insurance benefits are available. Fellows also are able to take part in Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences courses at the NIH.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position, a current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography, and the names of and contact information for three references to NCATSstemcellhiring@mail.nih.gov.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.