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Research Technician, Immunity to Intracellular Bacteria

FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Silver Spring, Maryland

Position Description:
A contract position is available about May 1 (and which must start before September 30) in the Elkins lab of the Laboratory of Mucosal Pathogens and Cellular Immunology at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research of the U.S. FDA (CBER / FDA). CBER is located on the FDA's White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, MD; we continue to maintain strong ties to the NIH scientific community in Bethesda as well. CBER is a unique environment in which to conduct
research related to the development of new biomedical products, including new vaccines.

Our laboratory is interested in the nature of protective immunity to intracellular bacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Francisella tularensis LVS. Current projects revolve around using animal models to define protective immune mechanisms and develop T cellmediated correlates of protection (for more information about the lab's work, please see recent publications via

The ideal candidate will have a recent M.S. degree in microbiology and/or immunology; substantial bench research experience related to the laboratory's work; intelligence, independence, and initiative; and excellent organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills. B.S.-level candidates with strong applicable experience may also be considered. Experience with tuberculosis and BSL-3 work; mouse and rat infection models; bacteriology; molecular biology; cellular immunology; flow cytometry; and confocal microscopy are of particular interest.

This position will be appointed for approximately 1 year with potential for renewal, contingent on future funding and excellent performance, via a fellowship from ORISE (see and

U.S. citizens, non-citizens with permanent resident status, or non-citizens that are eligible for a J-1 visa are eligible for ORISE positions (please note: only J-1 visas are acceptable). Further, candidates must be within 5 years of receiving their highest degree. Applicants should also have lived in the U.S. for at least 3 of the last 5 years; however, exceptions to this requirement may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Stipends correspond roughly to U.S. government GS scales, commensurate with education and experience, and include an allowance for mandatory health insurance.

To Apply:
Qualified candidates should send in electronic format: a brief cover letter outlining research interests, research experience, and future goals; a detailed curriculum vitae that illustrates laboratory experience, responsibilities, and/or pertinent recent coursework; and names of at least 3 scientists or faculty as references with contact information, including e-mail addresses and phone numbers; to Karen Elkins, Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.