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Clinical Researcher

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

A clinical researcher position is available in Dr. Swee Lay Thein’s laboratory in the Sickle Cell Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH. The laboratory is interested in the study of genetic modifiers and pathophysiology of sickle cell disease (SCD). Specifically, the researcher will utilize a combination of molecular biology, flow cytometry, and tissue culturing techniques, and animal (predominantly mouse) studies in identifying the mechanisms associated with, as well as, biomarkers that will allow monitoring of acute pain and inflammation in SCD. This position will also explore the use of an investigational drug as a modifier of sickle cell severity in sickle cell mice. More information on the laboratory is available at:

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to utilize an interdisciplinary approach to pursue research interests and advance to an independent research career in the NIH intramural program, which includes supportive and advanced core facilities specializing in transgenic mice, human iPS cells, advanced microscopy, sequencing, proteomics, biochemistry and bioinformatics.


Candidates must have obtained a Ph.D. or M.D. degree with background in clinical research molecular biology and related fields. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in either genetics/genomics, immunology or molecular biology, as demonstrated by first-author publications in peer reviewed journals. S/he will have strong communication, organizational, and time management skills, detail oriented, and with an ability to work independently as well as collaborate as a team member.

This position is fully supported by NIH intramural funds and successful candidates will be offered competitive stipend/health insurance commensurate with experience and accomplishments.

To Apply:

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and a brief statement of research interests/career goals, and request 3 letters of reference to be sent via email to:

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.