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Skin Microbiome

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

Our laboratory combines computational and experimental methods to investigate human-associated microbes. By analyzing shotgun metagenomics and microbial genomics data, we use translational approaches to explore the relevance of microbes in human health and diseases, particularly of skin diseases. Examples of our work include Tirosh, Nature Medicine 2018; Byrd, Science Translational Medicine 2017; Oh, Byrd Cell 2016; and Oh, Nature 2014.

A postdoctoral position in human microbiome research is available in Dr. Heidi Kong’s group in the Dermatology Branch, NIAMS, NIH. The group collaborates extensively with genomicists, immunologists, and clinical teams to perform cutting-edge microbiome research.


We are looking for highly motivated scientists with:
  • a PhD or MD with receipt of the last graduate degree within the past 5 years;
  • a strong background in molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, and/or immunology, documented by peer-reviewed publications;
  • strong oral and written communications skills; and
  • ability to work well both independently and with others on a team.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter indicating areas of expertise, a brief statement of research interests, a CV and list of 3 reference to Dr. Heidi Kong at


This post will be available until November 19, 2020 or until filled.

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