IDRI is composed of talented scientists from all around the world, who’ve gathered in Seattle to work on some of the world’s toughest diseases. But it doesn’t stop there. IDRI researchers are committed to ensuring that the next generation of scientists is ready to follow in their footsteps and contribute to our mission.


At IDRI,  fully supported postdoctoral positions last between two to five years. Our postdoctoral scientists are immersed in a thriving and supportive environment, working alongside leading scientists in the field of infectious disease research and product development. We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package.

As our postdocs move from IDRI, we are confident that they are well-trained to be independent researchers in their own right, ready to put their skills to work in a variety of settings – from academia to industry to the medical field.


DSC_0076Through our internship programs, we strive to build relationships with qualified students interested in pursuing future careers in the nonprofit and biotechnology sectors. Internship opportunities are available to both undergraduate and graduate level students in the areas of formulations, microbiology, immunology, drug discovery, regulatory and legal affairs. Interns work under at least one practicing professional who provides guidance and mentorship during the 10- to 12-week program. These positions are normally not for academic credit.

Steve Reed, IDRI founder, president and Chief Scientific Officer, started an undergraduate internship program at IDRI, initially focused on engaging students from his alma mater (Whitman College) in science. Each intern is paired with a scientific mentor and works toward a set of scientific goals during their internship.

  • Application Process: IDRI values its role in providing hands-on training for the next generation of scientists. At the present time, IDRI has no openings for interns at any level. When opportunities arise, we will post information here. Also, note that because of the volume of phone and/or email requests about internships, we cannot respond to each one.
  • Mentorship: It’s not only the interns who benefit from the program, it’s the IDRI scientific mentors as well. “For me it is always beneficial to learn how to winnow down project descriptions so that someone totally new to the vaccine field can take an interest in the work they will be doing as an intern at IDRI. This means doing away with all our handy acronyms and taken-for-granted axioms. The interns come up with great questions that sometimes lead to new approaches. Of course, the more immediate benefit is the opportunity to evaluate a potential future permanent employee of IDRI as they work over the summer; of course, this is much more advantageous and less risky than the traditional interview and hire scenario.” – Chris Fox, Director, Formulations