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Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

A post-doctoral scientist position is available offering an opportunity to conduct research on one of two projects: (1) The impact of diet on the gut-brain axis for a specific clinical disorder, and (2) Investigations related to resistant Gram-negative bacteria.

The gut-brain axis consists of communication between the central and the enteric nervous system and the role of gut microbiota in influencing these interactions. Development of a new research protocol is underway.

Carbapenemase-producing organisms have become a worldwide threat and understanding the mechanisms of spread of these resistant bacteria is very important to stop preventable deaths, especially given the number of vulnerable patients receiving complex medical care today. Following extensive collaborative work to conduct genomic and epidemiological analysis of these organisms in patients and the environment, the work is extended to the examination of plasmid transfer in biofilms.  We use a combination of traditional microbiology, molecular biology, and next generation sequencing/bioinformatics to study bacterial pathogens, with a focus on clinical isolates of epidemiologic significance. 

Our group is located within the Department of Laboratory Medicine, NIH Clinical Center on the main Bethesda NIH campus. 


  • Ph.D. in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics, or related discipline;
  • Prior experience in microbiology;
  • Ability to conduct research independently and work collaboratively with other scientists required;
  • Strong writing skills.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references by email to: Karen M. Frank, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMM), Chief, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Center, National Institutes of HealthBuilding 10, Room 2C-306, 10 Center Drive MSC 1508, Bethesda, MD 20892-1508; E-mail: Ph: (301) 402-9559; Pager (301) 828-7383; Fax: (301) 435-8878.

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