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Fellows' Career Development


The mission of the Office of Fellows' Career Development (OFCD) is to provide fellows in training at NIEHS with the professional skills and career development opportunities needed to excel in their future careers. The OFCD aims to ensure that NIEHS fellows have an outstanding training experience that allows them to successfully transition to independence in their chosen career with confidence.

From 2003-2013, The Scientist conducted a survey of the "Best Places to Work for Postdocs," and NIEHS was voted in the top ten of this ranking for four consecutive years. Furthermore, the Raleigh-Durham area has been listed by the "US News and World Report" as the #3 Best Place to Live in the US.

We follow the approach of the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) which is to help trainees gain core competencies in five fundamental areas:

  • Career Readiness
  • Communication
  • Leadership & Management
  • Teaching & Mentoring
  • Wellness



Mercedes Arana, Ph.D.
Mercedes Arana, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Fellows’ Career Development
Tel 984-287-4273
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop A2-09
Durham, N.C. 27709
Hong Xu
Hong Xu
Office of Fellows' Career Development Program Manager and Data Analyst
Tel 984-287-3665
Fax 919-541-4133
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop A2-06
Durham, N.C. 27709
Katherine Hamilton
Katherine J. Hamilton
Summer Internship Program Coordinator and Postbac Program Manager
Tel 984-287-3414
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop A2-01
Durham, N.C. 27709
Edith Lee
Edith M. Lee, M.P.A.
Fellows' Career Development Program Specialist
Tel 984-287-4427
Fax 301-480-2790
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop A2-01
Durham, N.C. 27709
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