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Vaccine Research

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The Biodefense Research Section (BRS) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC), located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, has an immediate opening for a creative and self-motivated postdoctoral fellow in viral immunology to study vaccine -induced and natural immunity to Ebola virus.  Projects include study of T-cells and antibodies, B-cell development and antibody ontogeny in a Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 setting.

The recent outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa has focused attention on the development of safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics against filovirus disease and other hemorrhagic fever viruses. The BRS (Sullivan Laboratory) has developed monoclonal antibodies (mAb) and gene-based vaccines that protect macaques against Ebola infection and are undergoing clinical development in cooperation with VRC teams at the NIH Clinical Center and in Africa.  The BRS evaluates macaque and human vaccine responses to identify innate, humoral, and cellular correlates of protection, and uses the macaque model to define the molecular basis of mAb and vaccine protection.

Salary depends on qualifications and years of postdoctoral experience.  All candidates must be within 5 years of receiving their highest degree.


Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered for the positions:

  • Ph.D./M.D. in immunology, virology, or closely-related field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Clear sense of organization, purpose, and accountability

While not required, experience with protein purification, protein engineering, bioinformatics, structural biology or multi-parameter flow cytometry is highly desired.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and current CV to

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