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Microbiome & Immunity

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

Position Description:

A funded postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately in the Kong lab (Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section, Dermatology Branch, NIAMS). Our group studies human-associated microbes in healthy volunteers and patients with atopic dermatitis and primary immunodeficiency syndromes. We are currently investigating altered microbiomes in skin disorders, antimicrobial resistance, and integrated microbiome-host transcriptomics in immunodeficiency. This work will provide insights into microbial-host interactions and microbial contributions to human diseases. We work closely with our collaborators to utilize multidisciplinary approaches, including microbiome analyses, microbial genomics, molecular biology, microbiology, and host transcriptomics and immunology.

We are seeking outstanding, highly motivated individuals to join our dynamic research team. In addition to a rich mentoring environment, fellows will have access to cutting-edge technologies and core facilities.

For more information, please visit our website: Our long-time collaborators include the Segre lab ( and the Nagao lab (


Applicants must have:
  • A PhD or MD with less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience;
  • A strong background in molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, and/or immunology;
  • Peer-reviewed publications;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills; and
  • Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team.

To Apply:

Applicants should email a brief statement of research interests, a CV and list of 3 references to Dr. Heidi Kong at
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Application Deadline: October 20, 2022

This position is subject to a background investigation.