Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Division of Translational Toxicology (DTT)
Comparative and Molecular Pathogenesis Branch (CMPB)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Applications are invited for a position in a training program in the specific discipline of Anatomic Toxicologic Pathology. The trainee will develop skills in veterinary anatomic pathology with a specialized training in toxicologic pathology. Upon completion of this training, it is expected that the trainee will be prepared for a successful career in industry, government, or academia. This is a 3-year position, renewed annually based on performance. The position is based at 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27709, USA. The position is not eligible for remote work.


Candidates must have a D.V.M. (V.M.D.) degree from an AVMA accredited Veterinary School or a D.V.M. (V.M.D.) equivalent degree from a foreign Veterinary Medical School.

A suitable candidate will have:

  • D.V.M. (V.M.D.)/D.V.M. (V.M.D.) equivalent and ACVP or ECVP certification, OR
  • D.V.M. (V.M.D.)/D.V.M. (V.M.D.) equivalent and a minimum of 2 years of residency training in Anatomic Pathology, OR
  • D.V.M. (V.M.D.)/D.V.M. (V.M.D.) equivalent and a Ph.D. in Pathology

All applicants receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, age (with statutory exceptions), or any other non-merit factor.

Application Materials

All application materials must be submitted electronically. Required application materials include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter describing your background, how your previous training has prepared you for the fellowship, and what you hope to achieve, if accepted into the program
  • Official transcripts (veterinary school and any post-veterinary education)
  • Names and contact information for three references

Please submit your application to Sonika Patial, D.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.P.

Program Specifics

Some portions of the training may include collaborations with other institutes, including North Carlolina State University (NCSU), Rollins Diagnostic Laboratory, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

The program may be tailored based on prior qualifications/training of the candidate or the candidates area of interest.

The Anatomic Toxicologic Pathology trainee will:

  • Assist DTT pathologists with oversight of pathology peer review and write reports for DTT publications
  • Attend trainings, workshops, and relevant courses offered at NIEHS
  • Attend and present in histopathology rounds/symposiums (organized by NCSU)
  • Be well versed with DTT non-neoplastic lesion atlas and DTT data dictionary, and INHAND nomenclature
  • Become familiar with NTP study designs and STP Best Practices papers on study design
  • Collaborate with a DTT pathologist(s) to develop competency in evaluation, interpretation, and communication of toxicologic pathology study data
  • Communicate and collaborate with and evaluate slides and write reports in a timely manner for NIEHS DIR investigators
  • Conduct rat and mouse necropsies under NIEHS Core Laboratory guidance
  • Evaluate CMPB and Comparative Medicine Branch diagnostic pathology cases and provide written reports in a timely manner
  • Get hands on expertise in routine histology, immunohistochemistry, molecular, and digital pathology techniques under NIEHS Core Laboratory guidance
  • Get hands on expertise in the interpretation of toxicologic pathology data, including clinical pathology data
  • Get well versed with Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP) Best Practices papers
  • Lead a DTT toxicologic pathology project
  • Learn pathology nomenclature and background lesions by evaluating PDR drafts and DTT training sets
  • May be able to contribute towards manuscript(s) from DIR collaborative projects
  • May be able to contribute towards manuscript(s) from DTT
  • Present findings in a national meeting (STP, SOT, or ACVP)
  • Present findings in each of the CMPB and/or DTT seminar series on an annual basis
  • Review drafts and make comments on DTT pathology review and technical reports
  • Serve on a Health Effects Innovation (HEI) Program Management Team (PMT)
  • Will attend study design meetings
  • Understand the pathology peer review process through Pathology Data Review (PDR) and Pathology Working Group (PWG) reviews/ meetings

The Fellow will be expected to:

  • Attend lectures/seminars through CL Davis Foundation for additional training/education in pathology
  • Avail both on-line and off-line training opportunities (as and when they arise)
  • Provide monthly reports summarizing current activities
  • Take up new initiatives/projects at DTT
  • Work closely with the primary mentor

Performance Evaluation

  • Performance evaluation will be done periodically (6-month intervals)
  • Trainees should meet with the primary advisor on a biweekly basis
  • Trainees should provide a written report of their activities on a monthly basis

Successful Completion

  • Final evaluation at the end of year 3
  • Take ACVP Phase II at the end of year 3 or later (if necessary, could vary based on the date of joining and prior qualifications)
  • Trainees will be awarded a Certificate of Successful Completion

Stipend/ Benefits

The DTT Fellows Training Program funds postdoctoral fellowships for typically up to three years. Stipends for NIH fellows are determined by the years of previous postdoctoral experience completed. Postdoctoral fellows are considered professionals-in-training and are not classified as NIH employees. Medical insurance is provided.


All application materials must be received no later than September 30, 2023, and should be electronically sent to:

Sonika Patial, D.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.P.
Sonika Patial, D.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.P.
Scientist – Pathologist
Tel 240-921-0904
[email protected]
111 Tw Alexander Dr
Hamilton, NC 27709

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Do not include your birth date, photograph, or social security number (SSN) on application materials. DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.