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Discovery, Optimization, and Translation for use as Passive Prevention Against Malaria

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

Position Description:

The Malaria Unit within the Cellular Immunology Section (CIS) at the Vaccine Research Center, NIAID, is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to investigate and develop vaccines and antibodies as interventions to prevent malaria infection.   
 
Current projects include antibody discovery, optimization, and translation for use as passive prevention against malaria. In addition, a critical goal of the Malaria Unit is the generation of a circumsporozoite protein-based vaccine. Our vaccine efforts span from antigen design and optimization to immunogenicity and efficacy testing of candidates using animal models. The ultimate goal of the Malaria Unit is the clinical translation of antibody and vaccine candidates against malaria. 
 
The CIS laboratory is located on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD.  The Vaccine Research Center is a dynamic and highly collaborative environment, using advanced technologies and approaches to accelerate biomedical discovery and advance antibodies and vaccines to protect against infectious diseases.
 

Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. in immunology, parasitology, cell biology, biochemistry, or a closely related field and interest in immunity and the development of vaccines against malaria.  Experience with malaria parasite biology, protein purification, and animal studies with immunological readouts (ELISA, multi-parameter flow cytometry) are highly desired.
 
The candidate should have a publication record in peer-reviewed journals and less than four years of postdoctoral experience. The candidate must have strong oral and written communication skills and be able to work well both independently and with others on a team.
 

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter describing your research experience and interests along with a curriculum vitae (CV), and contact information for three references to Dr. Robert Seder, rseder@mail.nih.gov  with the subject “Postdoc application”.
 
 

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