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The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program Fellowship

Posted by on Thursday, August 19, 2021 in Announcements .

NBBTP/IRTA is a partnership between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the NIH Bethesda, MD campus. NBBTP/IRTA offers two-year post baccalaureate and postdoctoral fellowships. The mission and vision of the NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship is to prepare biosafety and biocontainment professionals of the highest caliber to meet the needs of the biomedical, emerging disease and civilian biodefense research communities.

NBBTP/IRTA alumni serve in diverse support and leadership roles such as biosafety officers and responsible officials for select agent research as well as international biosafety consultants and policy advocates. During this multi-faceted and rigorous program, NBBTP/IRTA Fellows have opportunities to advance occupational safety and health as well as biosafety principles through applied biosafety research projects. If selected, Fellows can expect to finish the program with a strong skill set and expert knowledge of biological safety principles and practices, enabling them to face the challenges unique to 21st century biomedical research.

We are seeking qualified applicants for this exciting opportunity. Awards are for a period of one calendar year, with the expectation of an extension for a second year based on progress, mutual agreement with the program director(s), and continued availability of funds. Successful candidates will have an academic background in science and allied fields such as:

  • Bacteriology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biodefense
  • Biology
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Public health
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Virology

Applications for the Fellowship year beginning January 5, 2022, are being accepted through September 9, 2021. For more information including eligibility requirements, candidates may visit or contact us at