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HIV Mucosal Immunology

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The Vaccine Branch, Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI, National Institute of Health (NIH) is a national leader in biology and immunology.  Three postdoctoral positions are immediately available for highly motivated candidates to work on either 1) basic mechanisms of induction, homing and regulation of antigen-specific mucosal T lymphocytes using mouse models or 2) novel mucosal HIV vaccine design using a non-human primate model.  The projects focus on aiding in vaccine design by developing novel strategies to enhance systemic and mucosal immunity to viral infections.  This position is located on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

The CCR is the largest intramural research component of the NCI.  The CCR provides extensive opportunities for collaboration, and allows scientists and clinicians to undertake high-risk, high-impact laboratory- and clinic-based investigations.  CCR’s enabling infrastructure also facilitates clinical studies at the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest dedicated clinical research complex.  Investigators are supported by a wide array of intellectual, technological and research resources, including animal facilities and dedicated, high-quality technology cores in areas such as imaging/microscopy, chemistry/purification, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, genomics/DNA sequencing, transgenics and knockout mice, arrays/molecular profiling, and human genetics/bioinformatics.  For an overview of CCR, visit


The ideal candidates must be able to work independently and have demonstrated abilities in clear scientific project planning and reporting.  Experience in multiparameter flow cytometry, gene expression analysis, intestinal cell isolation, and mouse models of disease is desirable.  One position will be preferentially given to candidate with experience in non-human primate models.  Applicants must have Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree, but fewer than 5 years of postdoctoral training.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should forward a copy of their CV, including contact information of three references, to Dr. Jay A. Berzofsky, Vaccine Branch, CCR, NCI, 41 Medlars Drive, Bldg. 41, Room D702D, MSC 5062, NIH, Bethesda, MD  20892-6148, E-mail:  Applications will be reviewed beginning on April 2, 2019 and will be accepted until the search process has been completed.

DHHS, NIH and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. This position is subject to a background investigation.