Postdoctoral intramural research training award (IRTA)

Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML), Department of Health and Human Services, NIH/NIAID
Hamilton, MT 59840
Based on education and experience.
January 03 2019
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Postdoctoral intramural research training award (IRTA)
Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML), Hamilton, MT

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 and HHS, is recruiting for the following position:

Postdoctoral IRTA position is available in the Biology of Vector-Borne Viruses Section within the Laboratory of Virology at the RML campus of NIAID in Hamilton, MT. The laboratory studies the biology of vector-borne flaviviruses.

The Biology of Vector-Borne Viruses Section is interested in the study of vector-borne flaviviruses in the broadest sense, with a primary focus on tickborne flaviviruses. Our laboratory uses the full array of modern in vitro and in vivo methodology to examine the interplay between virus, tick, and mammalian species.

Fundamental experimental approaches of the laboratory include molecular-, cellular-, and immunological-based techniques as well as animal and arthropod models of pathogenesis and transmission. Studies are carried out in biosafety level (BSL)-2 and BSL-3 laboratories.

The successful applicant will be part of a team focused on understanding how tickborne viruses interact with both arthropod and mammalian hosts and how these interactions influence viral persistence and pathogenesis as well as the maintenance of virus in reservoir hosts.

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 new 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 Biology of Vector-Borne Viruses Section in the NIAID Laboratory of Virology.


Highly motivated candidates with a strong background in molecular biology, virology, genomics, computational biology, structural biology, entomology, and infectious disease animal modeling are encouraged to apply. Experience working in high biological containment laboratories (BSL-3) and experience working with tickborne pathogens 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 Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA), visa requirements apply. Trainee will receive a stipend (commensurate with his or her 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 March 3, 2019, to Marshall E. Bloom, M.D., Chief, Biology of Vector-borne Viruses Section, Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, 903 S 4th Street, Hamilton, MT 59840, 406-375-9707 or

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