The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) was conceived as a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. As of January 2020, the NBBTP became part of the NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program and is now known as the NIH NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship. This is a rare opportunity for individuals seeking work in high containment facilities to receive professional training in biosafety & biocontainment or operations & maintenance at one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world. Additional information regarding the Fellowships is online at www.nbbtp.org; Application packages are due August 3, 2020, for fellowships beginning January 6, 2021, at the NIH Bethesda campus.
The NBBTP Fellowship is designed specifically for people interested in biosafety careers in high containment including facility engineering and maintenance. This is an intensive two-year, immersive experience where Fellows are introduced to all elements of biosafety. The program includes traditional lectures, reading assignments, mentoring projects, applied biosafety research and travel to off-site conferences and training sessions.
NBBTP IRTA Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be able to pass a Federal background check and meet all Federal regulations and policies necessary for working with select agents. Applicants must also have:
Received their bachelor's degree in the Life Sciences (or related fields including plant/agriculture and/or veterinary academic backgrounds or mechanical engineering/facility management) less than three years prior to the January 6, 2021 program start date, or
Received their master's degree in the above fields less than six months prior to the January 2021 program start date (if they are more than three years post-baccalaureate, or
Hold a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DDS, or the equivalent) and no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree.
How to Apply: Interested applicants must complete the Fellowship Application online at https://nbbtpapplication.org/application/. Resumes/CVs are required components of the application package. However, applicants who submit resumes/CVs without the additional required application materials will not be considered. All application materials are due by 5:00 pm EST on August 3, 2020 including, resume/CV, official transcripts from the university of your highest degree, and 2020 reference forms (http://www.nbbtp.org/reference-form/).