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Immunity to Emerging Viruses (SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, Sudan, Marburg, and Lassa viruses)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Research CEnter, 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 National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland—has an immediate opening for a creative and self-motivated postdoctoral fellow to study immunity to emerging viruses in humans and nonhuman primates. Projects include detailed definition of natural and vaccine-induced B- and T-cell responses, B-cell development, antibody ontogeny and resistance development in a biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) setting. Current efforts are focused on the SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, Sudan, Marburg, and Lassa viruses.

The laboratory uses viral vectors, 50-channel flow cytometry, SPR, yeast display isolation as well as the engineering of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), genomics, and nonhuman primate models of infection to define protective antiviral immune responses. BRS has pioneered gene-based filovirus vaccines and mAb therapies, which are all in clinical development. The VRC excels in providing a collaborative environment with sophisticated research technologies and infrastructure to support high-quality, basic research as well as to identify and advance promising clinical candidates to human testing. 


  • Ph.D./M.D. in immunology, virology, or a closely-related field within the past 5 years
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Clear sense of organization, purpose, and accountability

We are seeking individuals proficient in one or more of the following areas: multiparameter flow cytometry; in vitro and in vivo evaluation of B- and T-cell development and function; antibody ontogeny; protein engineering; and genomic-sequence analysis.

This position is open for U.S. citizens, permanent residents (Green Card holders), or individuals legally authorized to work in the United States under an exchange visa program for at least 5 years. H1-B visas cannot be supported for these positions.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and years of postdoctoral experience.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and current CV to

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This post will be available until May 11, 2021 or until filled.

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