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Staff Scientist - Innate Immune Response *closes 6/26/21*

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC
Staff Scientist Position
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Division of Intramural Research
Immunity, Inflammation and Disease Laboratory
Clinical Investigation in Host Defense Group
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Position Description:

The Immunity, Inflammation and Disease Laboratory of NIEHS is looking for a Staff Scientist for the Clinical Investigation in Host Defense Group under the group leader, Dr. Michael Fessler. The research focus of this group is in defining mechanisms of the innate immune response.  Studies utilize in vivo mouse models, cell/molecular biology, genetic approaches, and biochemical techniques, and also translate findings using human/clinical specimens, when possible.  A current research focus of particular interest is in defining roles for mitochondria in control of the interferon response. For more information about Dr. Michael Fessler and his research group, please visit:
A Staff Scientist is an NIH employee generally appointed to a time-limited, renewable position. Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the laboratory. Staff Scientists should be capable of independently designing experiments, but do not have responsibilities for initiating new research programs. The Staff Scientist in this position serves as a laboratory leader under the guidance of Dr. Michael Fessler, Principal Investigator, to conduct independent research, and to mentor postdoctoral fellows and other laboratory trainees.
The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments with full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent).


The successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • a doctoral degree in biological and/or biomedical sciences
  • 3+ years of postdoctoral research fellowship experience
  • an outstanding publication record
  • technical expertise in flow cytometry and in functional evaluation of innate immune cell (e.g., macrophage) populations harvested from rodent models, as well as cell culture-based biochemical studies
  • a background in mitochondrial biology, including mitophagy, ideally including its regulation of innate immune responses (e.g., interferon induction)
  • a background in interferon-inducible GTPases and/or other interferon response genes is preferred
The successful candidate must also have outstanding interpersonal skills, teamwork, excellent oral and written communication abilities, and experience with mentoring.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.
Foreign Education
Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the US must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website at  Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, applications will be accepted May 27, 2021 through June 26, 2021 (submission deadline may be extended if needed). Interested persons should submit one combined PDF of their curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a two-page statement of research background and interests to, with your name and Vacancy Announcement NR-128 in the subject line.
Applicants should also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Referees should include your name and NR-128 in the subject line of their email. Questions about this position can be forwarded to Dr. Fessler at . Review of applications will begin June 28, 2021, and the search will be closed once the position is filled.  Incomplete applications (those not containing all required materials) will not be accepted or considered.  

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