Physician-Scientist Early Investigator Program

CCR’s Physician-Scientist Early Investigator Program (PEIP) is a highly competitive opportunity intended for physicians dedicated to laboratory bench-to-bedside or clinic-based research. This position is in a mentored three-to-five-year independent research program and is equivalent to a starting faculty position in academia.

Comparable to many NIH grants awarded to early faculty, Physician-Scientist Early Investigators (PEI) receive generous independent resources including laboratory space, travel and training funds, support personnel, supplies and services funds, support for clinical protocol development and implementation and access to basic and clinical research cores at the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest dedicated research hospital.

Applications are accepted year-round but there is an annual call each summer through the end of September. 

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About the Program

Selectees will be appointed for a three-to-five-year period at a competitive salary commensurate with subspecialty training and experience. They will be assigned dedicated space, provided with an independent budget including travel and training funds, and given access to an extensive infrastructure including:

  • research nursing
  • data-management support
  • animal facilities
  • core services and advanced technologies such as
    • imaging/microscopy
    • protein chemistry and purification
    • mass spectrometry
    • flow cytometry
    • Genomics
    • transgenic and knockout mice

Potential areas of interest include:

An attractive Federal Government employee benefits package includes health and life insurance coverage, a retirement savings program, and relocation expenses. Student loan repayment is possible through the NIH.

Program participants must develop a research proposal in collaboration with mentor(s) and complete courses focused on leadership/management skills and writing cancer grant applications. Research progress will be reviewed on an annual basis.


Candidates may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or possess (or be eligible for) the appropriate work visa and must have successfully completed subspecialty training at a U.S. accredited institution in an appropriate field.

A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States.

Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

Applicants must possess a current, active, full and unrestricted license or registration as a physician from a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a territory of the United States.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, complete bibliography, contact information for three letters of recommendation, and a description of research interests and goals and as they relate to the chosen field. Please include in your CV, a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic and other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants who wish to be appointed on the academic year (i.e., July 1st), are encouraged to apply by September 30, 2021. Paper applications will not be accepted.

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Open Date: May 4, 2021

Review Date: Rolling


Before you apply online be sure to have the following information:

  • Your email address and contact information
  • Names, email addresses, and contact information for three letters of reference
  • The following documents in PDF or Microsoft Word format:
  • CV + Bibliography
  • Research Goals

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