Post Doctoral Fellow (NCI) (646815)

  • 02/19/2018

Job Description



The AIDS and Cancer Virus Program (ACVP) is an integrated, multidisciplinary program that pursues basic and applied studies aimed at improving our understanding of AIDS-associated viruses and disease, including studies intended to facilitate the improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS. The Program consists of five independent but highly interactive research Sections headed by Principal Investigators, whose work spans from fundamental molecular virology through in vitro studies, to in vivo studies in non-human primate (NHP) models. The ACVP also has eight Research Support Core Groups (Cores) that provide critical and often unique technical support capabilities to ACVP laboratories and other laboratories within the NCI and NIH, and to extramural investigators.


  • The Post Doctoral Fellow will conduct viral evolution research with Dr. Brandon Keele including the OAR funded project entitled “Determining the impact of persistent GI damage on SIV reservoir size in the setting of suppression combination antiretroviral therapy” as well as other viral evolution projects.
  • The research projects will utilize state-of-the-art technologies and approaches to facilitate studies of nonhuman primate (NHP) models to understand the pathogenesis and disease progression of HIV/SIV infections and viral reservoir establishment, persistence and therapeutic interventions aimed to understand basic viral functions and viral eradication approaches.



To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of a PhD, MD, or DVM degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with emphasis in areas of molecular virology (HIV/SIV), cell biology, immunology, histology and/or pathology.
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Background in HIV/SIV research and have strong communication skills; prior experience in viral evolution and molecular biology desired.

Expected Competencies:

  • Applicant must be highly skilled in techniques of molecular virology (HIV/SIV), cell biology, immunology. This position will require a high degree of proficiency in both verbal and written scientific communication. In addition, this position will require the individual to be highly motivated, able to conceive and perform original research, and work well both in a team and independently. Furthermore, this position will require assisting in non-human primate research, periodic travel to scientific meetings. The candidate will successfully conceive, execute and complete projects and write scientific manuscripts.

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