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Hi BESTies,

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Program (NBBTP) is a fellowship program that I completed in 2009 and that launched my career in Biosafety. It’s an incredible experience, and I encourage those of you who love biological research but aren’t sure a life at the bench or competing for grants is right for you to check out the attached request for applications and brochure. Applications are due in August and the new class starts in January on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

If you’d like to learn more about a career in biosafety, you can get a lot of information through ABSA International - this webpage on “What We Do” offers some great insight: and there’s also a video:

You can also contact me any time for a one-on-one conversation – if you’re excited or curious at all, come spend an hour (or ten) with me and my team. We’ll show you the ropes, let you get actively involved in what we do, and help you decide if it’s a right career fit for you.

If you do want to apply for the fellowship, let me know and I can give you the inside scoop!

Warm regards,



Alexis K. L. Brubaker, MSFS, SM(NRCM), CBSP
Biological Safety Officer/Responsible Official
Cornell University Environmental Health & Safety
395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 210 | Ithaca, New York 14850  | 607.254.8475 |

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Program (NBBTP) Fellowship (Posted April 9, 2018)

The NBBTP is a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS),and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. This is a rare opportunity for individuals seeking work in high containment facilities to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world. Additional information regarding the Fellowships and Professional Development courses is online at

Application packages are due August 1, 2018; fellowships begin January 8, 2019 at the NIH Bethesda campus.

The NBBTP Fellowship is designed specifically for people interested in careers in high-containment. This is an intensive two years, immersive experience where Fellows are introduced to all elements of biosafety. The program includes traditional lectures, reading assignments, mentoring projects and travel to off-site conferences and training sessions.

Program Eligibility: NBBTP Fellowships are available only to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or Nationals of the United States who meet all federal regulations and policies necessary for working with select agents. Fellows must have a minimum of a Masters degree in the Life Sciences (or related fields), be willing to relocate to the Bethesda, MD area for two years, and be able to travel to participate in multi-week assignments. Additional eligibility guidelines, including information on English proficiency, are posted online here.

How to Apply: Interested applicants must complete the Fellowship Application online. Resumes/CV’s are required components of the application package. However, applicants who submit resumes/CVs without the additional required application materials will not be considered. All application materials are due by the close of business on August 1, 2018 including, resume/CV, official transcripts from the university of highest degree and references forms (

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

Stipend amounts are based on the NIH IRTA scale.

Download NBBTP Call for Applications and the NBBTP Fellowship brochure.

Contact: Jennifer Cole,