Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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 HHS, has postdoctoral intramural research training award (IRTA) position available at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, MT. The position is in the Molecular Virology and Host-Pathogen Interaction (MVHPI) Unit, which studies the molecular biology, pathogenesis, and evolution of high- or maximum-containment zoonotic RNA viruses, including arthropod-borne bunyaviruses and filoviruses.
The MVHPI Unit endeavors to better understand the molecular mechanisms of virus replication, as well as the molecular basis of host-viral interactions and pathogenesis. MVHPI is also engaged in novel virus discovery and research aimed at understanding viral evolution and identifying the molecular determinants that contribute to the emergence of novel pathogenic viruses. In particular, our research focuses on filoviruses—including Ebola virus and Marburg virus—and arthropod-borne bunyaviruses, specifically the orthobunyaviruses, phleboviruses, nairoviruses, and taxonomically ungrouped and novel bunyaviruses.
Research on both the filovirus and bunyavirus project is carried out in a state-of-the-art facility under biosafety level (BSL)-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 conditions using a variety of molecular, cellular biological, biochemical, and bioinformatics approaches, including reverse genetics, nextgeneration sequencing, and in vitro/in vivo experimental models. Additionally, state-of-the-art genomics, flow cytometry, and microscopy facilities are also available to researchers on the RML campus.
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. Read more about the Molecular Virology and Host-Pathogen Interaction Unit  in the NIAID Laboratory of Virology .
Highly motivated candidates with a strong background in virology and experience in molecular biology, bioinformatics, and/or infectious disease animal modeling are encouraged to apply. Experience working in high biological containment laboratories (BSL-3 or BSL-4) and/or with reverse genetics systems would be an advantage. The successful applicant is expected to study molecular biological aspects of the viral replication, pathogenesis, and evolution of highly pathogenic RNA viruses, which will contribute to the development of countermeasures and a better understanding of the mechanisms of virus emergence.
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 experience) and health insurance.
Send curriculum vitae, a letter expressing career goals and interests, list of publications, and three letters of reference with contact information no later than January 30, 2015, to Kay Menk, Laboratory Operations Specialist, Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, 903 S 4th Street, Hamilton, MT 59840, 406-375-9624 (phone), 406-375-9620 (fax), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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