Postdoctoral Position at the Vaccine Research Center

Job Announcement Description

The Biodefense Research Section (BRS) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC), located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, has an immediate opening for a creative and self-motivated postdoctoral fellow to study immunity to emerging viruses in humans and nonhuman primates. BRS is seeking applicants who are proficient in areas required to define mechanisms of antiviral immunity and who will take advantage of the breadth of technologies available within the VRC. Projects include definition of natural and vaccine-induced B- and T-cell responses, B-cell development, antibody ontogeny, and resistance development in a Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 setting. Current efforts are focused primarily on SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, Sudan, Marburg, and Lassa viruses.

The laboratory uses viral vectors, 50-parameter flow cytometry, SPR, structural biology, yeast display isolation, and engineering of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), and genomics to define antiviral immune responses. The BRS has pioneered gene-based filovirus vaccines and mAb therapies, all of which are in clinical development. The VRC excels in providing a collaborative environment with sophisticated research technologies and infrastructure to support high-quality basic research and identify and advance promising clinical candidates to human testing. 


Salary is dependent upon qualifications and years of postdoctoral experience. All candidates must be within 5 years of receiving their highest degree.


Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered for the position:

  • Ph.D./M.D. in immunology, virology, or a closely-related field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Clear sense of organization, purpose, and accountability

We are seeking individuals proficient in one or more of the following areas: multiparameter flow cytometry, in vitro and in vivo evaluation of B- and T-cell development and function, antibody ontogeny, protein engineering, and genomic-sequence analysis.

The fully funded position is available immediately. Foreign applicants will need to qualify for a J-1 visa valid for at least 5 years or have permanent U.S. residency status.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and current CV to Ruth Hunegnaw at

To learn more about the BRS and how you can play a significant role in this exciting and dynamic research laboratory, please visit

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community through its training and employment programs.

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