Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) oversees the biomedical research programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and those of NIH’s research Institutes. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a major research component of NIH and HHS, is recruiting for the following position:
Postdoctoral intramural research training award (IRTA)
Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML), Hamilton, MT
Postdoctoral IRTA position is available in the Molecular Pathogenesis Unit within the Laboratory of Virology at the RML campus of NIAID in Hamilton, Montana. The laboratory studies high- or maximum-containment RNA viruses, including the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) emerging in China, Nipah virus, and 1918 Spanish influenza.
The newly formed Molecular Pathogenesis Unit aims to combine pathogenesis studies with detailed molecular analyses to identify molecular determinants of severe respiratory tract disease within the virus and the host. Fundamental experimental approaches of the laboratory include molecular-, cellular-, and immunologic-based techniques and animal models of pathogenesis. Studies are carried out in biosafety level (BSL)-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 laboratories.
The successful applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary team focused on understanding the pathogenesis of emerging respiratory virus infections, such as Nipah virus, SARS-CoV2, and influenza A virus. The candidate will study these viruses in in vitro and in vivo model systems and integrate analyses of pathogen, single cell, and host level to identify common pathways involved in disease progression.
The Laboratory of Virology is located in the Integrated Research Facility (IRF) on the RML campus. The IRF offers state-of-the-art BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 laboratories, as well as BSL-4 animal space. State-of-the-art genomics, flow cytometry, and fluorescent and electron microscopy facilities are available to researchers on the RML campus. RML is located in the scenic Bitterroot Valley of western Montana with easy access to world-class hiking, skiing, and mountain biking.
Highly motivated candidates with a strong background in molecular biology, infectious disease animal modeling, genomics, computational biology, or histopathology are encouraged to apply. Experience working in high biological containment laboratories (BSL-3 or BSL-4) would be an advantage.
Well-developed oral and written communication skills are essential. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., D.V.M., or M.D. in virology, molecular biology, or other appropriate discipline and have less than three years of postdoctoral experience. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or international citizens; for an IRTA, visa requirements apply. Trainee will receive a stipend (commensurate with experience) and health insurance.
Send curriculum vitae, a letter expressing career goals and interests, list of publications, and three letters of reference with contact information no later than March 30, 2020, to Kay Menk, Laboratory Operations Specialist, Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, email@example.com.
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