Postdoctoral intramural research training award (IRTA)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Hamilton, MT
Trainee will receive a stipend (commensurate with his or her experience) and health insurance.
May 30 2019
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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 intramural research training award (IRTA)

Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML), Hamilton, MT

Postdoctoral IRTA position is available in the Molecular Pathogenesis Unit within the Laboratory of Virology at the RML campus of NIAID in Hamilton, Montana. The laboratory studies high- or maximum-containment RNA viruses, including coronaviruses, filoviruses, henipaviruses, and orthomyxoviruses.

The newly formed Molecular Pathogenesis Unit aims to combine pathogenesis studies with detailed molecular analyses to identify molecular determinants of severe respiratory tract disease within the virus and the host. Fundamental experimental approaches of the laboratory include molecular-, cellular-, and immunological-based techniques and animal models of pathogenesis. Studies are carried out in biosafety level (BSL)-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 laboratories.

The successful applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary team focused on understanding the pathogenesis of emerging respiratory virus infections. The candidate is expected to study these viruses in in vitro and in vivo model systems to integrate analyses of pathogen, single cell, and host level to identify common pathways involved in disease progression.

The Laboratory of Virology is located in the 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. 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.


Highly motivated candidates with a strong background in molecular biology, infectious disease animal modeling, genomics, computational biology, and histopathology are encouraged to apply. Experience working in high biological containment laboratories (BSL-3 or BSL-4) 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 IRTA, visa requirements apply. Trainee will receive a stipend (commensurate with his or her experience) and health insurance.

To Apply

Send curriculum vitae, a letter expressing career goals and interests, list of publications, and three letters of reference with contact information no later than June 30, 2019, 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

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