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The Children's National Research Institute

Fellowship and Job Opportunities

We currently have open opportunities in our lab for students and fellows.

Undergraduate Research Internship Program

The Undergraduate Research Internship Program provides students with the skills necessary to enhance their research careers. Students can earn academic credit through our internship program based on approval by their academic institution.

Our internship program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to:

  • Develop a mentored research project investigating muscle disease and therapeutic approaches in a translational and collaborative research environment
  • Gain valuable experience in laboratory research techniques, project development and data analysis
  • Attend invited lectures and weekly seminars by department investigators on cutting-edge research
  • Improve presentation, writing, and communication skills

Intern Positions Per Semester/Summer: 2-3
Application Deadline: Year-round applications accepted
Duration: Minimum 1 semester required, 2+ semesters preferred
U.S. Citizenship Required: No
Academic Credit Provided: Yes, pending academic institutional approval.


Include the following items in your application:

  • Personal statement
  • Current CV
  • References and/or letter of recommendation
  • Verification of school enrollment

All applications should be submitted to James Novak, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Muscle Research

The Department of Genomics and Precision at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Center for Genetic Medicine Research at Children's National Hospital and Research Institute in Washington D.C. seeks highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellows for the Genetics and Genomics of Muscle Training Program. 

This T32 postdoctoral fellowship program, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIAMS), is aimed at developing physician-scientists and postdocs who will be leaders in the next generation of muscle disease research. The candidates will receive rigorous postdoctoral research training in laboratory or clinical research by a multidisciplinary group of training faculties.

Training faculties have active research programs focused on diverse areas of muscle research. The program will provide the trainees salary and basic support for three years and provide integrated didactic and mentored research training program in basic principles and techniques of muscle research. In addition to the research experience the trainees will have access to state of the art technologies in genetics, proteomics, and advanced microscopy approaches for studying the muscle and muscle diseases from genetic to systems level. 

Eligibility Criteria

The trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Applications are encouraged from trainees within two years of receiving the doctoral degree.

The trainee must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or lawfully admitted to the U.S. or permanent residence; individuals on temporary visas are not eligible.

Review Criteria

  • Demonstrated interest in research as well as a productive and independent research career.
  • Quality of the applicants past training, including track record of research accomplishments.
  • Creativity and innovation of the future research interest.

Application Requirements

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interested candidates must submit a NIH style Biographical Sketch including a personal statement of research interests, current scientific accomplishments, and future career goals. References and/or letter of recommendation recommended.

Direct queries and submission of material to:

Jyoti Jaiswal, Ph.D. (T32 Program Director) and copy James Novak, Ph.D.