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Staff Scientist - Pulmonary Branch

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is seeking to recruit an outstanding Staff Scientist to join the Laboratory of Chronic Airway Infection. The candidate for the position will have responsibilities that include culture based and molecular analysis of nontuberculous mycobacteria and human airway epithelial and immune cells. He or she will also contribute to development and maintenance of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell based, zebrafish, and mammalian models utilized in studies of mycobacterial virulence, host susceptibility, and novel therapeutic interventions.

The mission of the Laboratory of Chronic Airway Infection focuses on pathogenesis, population characteristics, and management optimization of bronchiectasis, a condition that damages the body’s ability to clear mucus from the airways and increases the risk of severe lung infections by environmental or nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). The Lab seeks to reduce the impact of these infections by identifying host genetic risk factors of the people who suffer from them, understanding host-pathogen interactions as relate to virulence and anti-microbial resistance mechanisms, and ultimately developing more effective, efficient treatments.  There are strong interactions with a wide range of independent research groups, and the position offers exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside of the NIH.

The existing faculty in the NHLBI DIR is an outstanding group of internationally recognized biomedical researchers covering a wide range of basic and clinical research topics (please see complemented by the other research institutes within the DIR (please see


The successful candidate should have a strong track record of achievement, expertise and experience in a research environment. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent, have completed formal mentored postdoctoral training in molecular biology, microbiology, or immunology, experience with training responsibilities, and evidence of scientific research productivity sufficient to carry out the duties and responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have experience working with mycobacterial cultures and prokaryotic/eukaryotic cell based and animal infection models. Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments.

Appointees may be US citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with or eligible to obtain a valid employment authorized visa.

To Apply:

Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Applicants should send a 1-2 page descriptive letter of interest and research proposal, curriculum vitae and complete bibliography, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:

Beth McCollum
3 Center Drive
Room 3W09
Bethesda, MD 20814

The review of applications will begin on or around January 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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