HHMI Opens National Competition for Investigator Program

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Chevy Chase, Maryland, is seeking to appoint approximately twenty new Investigators through a national open competition. The effort will grow HHMI’s community of nearly three hundred Investigators, who conduct basic biological research across the nation.

HHMI Investigators receive a seven-year appointment that is renewable pending favorable scientific review. HHMI encourages Investigators to push their research fields into new areas of inquiry.

The competition is open to basic researchers and physician scientists from more than two hundred eligible institutions doing research in basic and biomedical sciences, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.

Applicants to the program must have a PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent); have a tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank (or the equivalent) at an eligible U.S. institution (federal government employees are not eligible); have more than five but no more than fifteen years of post-training professional experience; and be the principal investigator on one or more active, national peer-reviewed research grants with an initial duration of at least three years as of April 1, 2020. Mentored awards and training grants do not qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.

Candidates should apply directly to HHMI by March 18, 2020.

Panels of distinguished scientists will evaluate the applications. Semifinalists will be selected by December 9, 2020, and will be invited to a scientific symposium at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, where they will make a brief research presentation to HHMI scientific leadership and the final advisory panel. Finalists will be selected by the end of April 2021, with appointments starting as early as September 1, 2021.

For more information, see the Howard Hughes Medical Institute website.


Deadline: February 21, 2020