Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigator, NIAID

Review begins: June 17, 2018

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), is seeking an outstanding scientist for a tenure-track/tenure-eligible position to carry out independent research on viral agents requiring high or maximum containment in the Laboratory of Virology (LV), located on NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories campus in Hamilton, Montana.  

The selected candidate is expected to implement and direct a vigorous, independent research program in molecular biology, pathogenesis, antiviral therapies, and vaccines for viral pathogens requiring high or maximum containment. This program is expected to include studies in animal models. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., D.V.M, M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field and have relevant postdoctoral experience. Experience in Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) environments equivalent to those outlined by the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), 5th Edition is preferred. Independent resources including start-up funding, space (dedicated BSL-2 and shared BSL-3/4), support personnel, and an annual budget for services, supplies, and salaries are committed to the position. Facilities at existing NIAID field sites in Africa and Asia may be available to the incumbent. 

The LV conducts high-impact, innovative basic and translational research on viral agents requiring high or maximum containment, such as arenaviruses (Lassa), bunyaviruses (Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, hantaviruses), filoviruses (Ebola, Marburg), henipaviruses (Nipah, Hendra), and flaviviruses (Omsk, tick-borne encephalitis), with the goal of developing diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics. The research conducted in the LV includes studies of vector/reservoir transmission, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and host immune response of high or maximum containment viral pathogens. RML's state-of-the-art facilities include an operational BSL-3 facility, a BSL-4 laboratory and animal facility that can accommodate work with small animal, non-human primate, and small livestock models, and core facilities for genomics, electron microscopy, and flow cytometry. RML is located in the scenic Bitterroot Valley of western Montana with easy access to some of the finest outdoor recreational opportunities in North America. Additional information about the LV is available online at https://www.niaid.nih.gov/research/lab-virology.

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full package of benefits (including retirement and health, life, and long-term care insurance) is available. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not required.

To apply, submit curriculum vitae, bibliography, the names of five references, and a two- to three-page description of your proposed research program via e-mail to Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh at NIAIDDIRSearch@niaid.nih.gov. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from other groups which are underrepresented in biomedical research. Applications will be reviewed starting June 17, 2018 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional information on this position can be obtained by contacting Dr. Heinz Feldmann, chief, LV, at feldmannh@niaid.nih.gov.

Visit NIAID Careers for more information about working at NIAID.  This position is subject to a background investigation. Selectee must obtain a Level 5 Public Trust security clearance before their start date and this must be maintained in order to remain in the position. Select Agent clearance is required.  HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.