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Research Technician, Immunity to Intracellular Bacteria

Food and Drug Administration, 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.