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Postdoctoral Fellow - Pathogen Host-Cell Biology

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Labs, Hamilton, MT

About the position

Postdoctoral positions are available within the Pathogen Host-Cell Biology Section of the Laboratory of Bacteriology (, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, located at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, MT. Research in the Section is focused primarily on two antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae, and also investigates human neutrophil biology and function.

RML has state-of-the-art facilities for genomics, proteomics, and biological imaging. Investigators work on a variety of human pathogens including those requiring high containment laboratories. The laboratory is located in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, with easy access to some of the finest outdoor recreational opportunities in North America."

Available projects will focus on the development of vaccine approaches for prevention/treatment of infections caused by multidrug resistant K. pneumoniae or investigate S. aureus virulence mechanisms. Successful candidates will be expected to utilize existing methods and develop new methods or in vivo infection models for these projects. Existing methods include isolation and handling of human neutrophils and blood components, laboratory animal infection models, confocal and electron microscopy, flow cytometry, molecular biology, genomics, and protein chemistry to study bacteria-host interactions.

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What you'll need to apply

Please send curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to:

Frank R. DeLeo, Ph.D.
Chief, Laboratory of Bacteriology
Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID/NIH
903 South 4th Street, Hamilton, MT 59840

Contact name

Frank R. DeLeo

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Preference will be given to those candidates with a strong background in bacterial pathogenesis, immunology or bacterial genetics. Experience with pathogenic microbes is desirable but not necessary. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills as well as excellent written and oral communication skills in English are preferred.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., etc.) obtained within the last three years. Appointments will be made for an initial two-year period with a possibility of 1-year extensions (for up to 5 years in total). Trainees will receive a stipend commensurate with experience and health insurance benefits are provided.

Additional Information

DHHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibly. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. This position is subject to a background investigation. Visit NIAID Careers for more information about working in NIAID’s dynamic atmosphere.