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Immune Responses to Infection of Highly Pathogenic Viruses

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Labs, Hamilton, MT

Position Description:

With nationwide responsibility for improving health and well-being, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) oversees the biomedical research programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and those of NIH’s research Institutes. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a major research component of NIH and HHS, is recruiting for the following position:

Postdoctoral intramural research training award (IRTA)

Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML), Hamilton, Montana

This postdoctoral IRTA position is available in the Immunobiology and Molecular Virology Unit within the Laboratory of Virology at the RML campus of NIAID in Hamilton, Montana. The laboratory studies the immune responses to infection of highly pathogenic viruses with the objective to develop new countermeasures.

The Immunobiology and Molecular Virology Unit aims to expand the understanding of virus-host interactions in regard to the protective immune responses after infection with highly-pathogenic viruses, such as filoviruses. The detailed knowledge gained from pathogenesis studies combined with insight into vaccine-derived protective responses will form the base for the development of new prophylactic and therapeutic approaches against highly-pathogenic viruses. Fundamental experimental approaches of the laboratory include molecular-, cellular-, and immunological-based techniques including reverse genetics, transcriptomic analyses, and animal models of pathogenesis. Studies are carried out in biosafety level (BSL)-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 laboratories.

The successful applicant will be part of a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary team focused on understanding the immune response to vaccination and viral challenge to indentify determinants of protective immune responses. The candidate is expected to study immunological and transcriptional responses after vaccination and challenge both in vitro and in vivo.
RML is located in the scenic Bitterroot Valley of western Montana with easy access to some of the best hiking, skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, and trout fishing in North America.
The Laboratory of Virology is located in the Integrated Research Facility (IRF) on the RML campus. The IRF offers state-of-the-art BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 laboratories, as well as BSL-4 animal space. Additional BSL-2 and BSL-3 animal space and state-of-the-art genomics, flow cytometry, and microscopy facilities are available to researchers on the RML campus.
Read more about the Immunobiology and Molecular Virology Unit in NIAID’s Laboratory of Virology.


Highly motivated candidates with a background in single-cell sequencing, transcriptional analysis, immunology, or molecular biology are encouraged to apply. Experience working in high biological containment laboratories (BSL-3 or BSL-4) and a profound understanding of bioinformatics would be an advantage.
Well-developed oral and written communication skills are essential. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., D.V.M., or M.D. in virology, molecular biology, or other appropriate discipline and have less than three years of postdoctoral experience. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or international citizens; for an IRTA, visa requirements apply. The trainee will receive a stipend (commensurate with his or her experience) and health insurance.

To Apply:

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae (CV), a letter expressing career goals and interests, list of publications, and three letters of reference with contact information no later than May 31, 2021, to Kay Menk, Laboratory Operations Specialist, Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH,
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