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Hepatitis Infection Prevention

Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Silver Spring, Maryland

Position Description:

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Office of Blood Research and Review (OBRR), at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) located in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) causes acute hepatitis in humans. HAV is transmitted via the fecal-oral route, and infection is mainly due to ingestion of contaminated food and water or close contact with an infected individual. The current HAV outbreak that started in 2016 in the US resulted in 32,235 cases, 19,694 hospitalizations, and 324 deaths as of April 17, 2020 ( Parenteral transmission of HAV can also occur by blood and blood products, which poses a significant risk to the safety of the blood supply. HAV infects cells via its cellular receptor 1 (HAVCR1), which has also been shown to be a cell entry factor for some enveloped viruses such as hepatitis C virus (HCV) and Ebola virus. We are interested in studying pathogenesis of HAV and the role of HAVCR1 in hepatitis.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will train in classical virology, immunology, and molecular biology by characterizing HAV infection in plasma samples from infected individuals from the current US outbreak to understand markers of HAV infection. The goal of the study is to advance our current understanding of HAV pathogenesis, severity of disease, and protection using state-of-the art technologies to characterize viral load, liver enzyme elevations, cytokine storm, and role of per-existing antibodies in sterilizing immunity. The participant will also study the role of HAVCR1 alleles in severity of disease using molecular biology techniques and animal models.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 1, 2020

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in a Life Health and Medical Sciences field, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:
  • Basic training in classical virology, immunology, and molecular biology
    Understanding and/or experience with CRISPR/Cas knockout technologies
    Experience with PCR and quantitative PCR
    Experience with multicolor flow cytometry
    Basic training and experience in animal work and mouse models

To Apply:

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Application Deadline: October 9, 2020 3:00PM EST

A complete application consists of:
  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. Click here ( for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity (FDA-CBER-2020-0042) in your email.



This post will be available until August 6, 2020 or until filled.

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