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Malaria Parasite Structural and Molecular Biology

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

Position Description:

A postdoctoral position is immediately available at the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH. The position will involve one or more projects relating to structural and molecular biology regarding malaria parasite transporters and channels as antimalarial drug targets. As a highly multidisciplinary laboratory, there is ample opportunity to learn and refine skills in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, structural biology and biophysics, chemical biology, and other broad areas.

The candidate may use molecular biology (CRISPR/Cas9 editing, heterologous expression), cell biology (biochemical methods, patch-clamp), drug discovery methods (high-throughput screening), structural biology methods (cryo-EM microscopy), and/or a range of other methods. Preference will be given to candidates who have prior experience with one or more of these methods or in basic parasitology research. Some examples of our work that combined diverse methods include:

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  • A Ph.D. in cell biology, molecular biology, or related discipline
  • Ability to conduct independent research and work cooperatively with other scientists
  • Excellent communication skills

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) along with the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references to Sanjay Desai, M.D., Ph.D., at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


This post will be available until October 28, 2020.

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