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COVID-19 Immunology in Mouse Models

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

Position Description:

Post-doctoral positions are immediately available within NIAID to study 1) SARS-CoV-2 related immunology in newly developed mouse models of COVID-19 and 2) mitochondrial function as it relates to inflammation in vitro and in vivo. The positions are at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) campus in Hamilton, MT, in the Innate Immunity and Pathogenesis Section (IIPS) headed by Sonja Best, Ph.D.; with Heather Hickman, Ph.D. at the Bethesda, MD campus in the Viral Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit (VIPU); or to be jointly supervised between the two laboratories.

The IIPS and VIPU seek to identify and characterize how cellular interactions between virus and host drive inflammatory responses and shape T cell responses in tissues. The two labs use complementary techniques in molecular, cellular and systems biology as well as immunology and high-content imaging in mouse models. The virus models require research to be conducted at biosafety level 3 (BLS3), and therefore the candidate must be committed to work in high containment laboratories.


Applicants must have (or soon to complete) a Ph.D. or M.D., or equivalent, and less than three years of postdoctoral experience. Experience with mouse models and expertise in immunology or mitochondrial biology are particularly encouraged to apply. This position is subject to a background investigation. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Position Location: NIAID, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton MT, and Bethesda MD.

To Apply:

Candidates should submit a CV, a one-page research experience summary describing research accomplishments and interests, and contact information for three letters of reference. Please write "Postdoctoral Application" in the subject header and email to Sonja Best ( or Heather Hickman (


This post will be available until November 17, 2020 or until filled.

Note that we will not respond to generic applications that appear to have been sent to multiple recipients (mass mail applications).

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.