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Post Doctoral Fellow, HIV Research

Frederick National Laboratory
Frederick County, MD
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Jan 15, 2022

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Post Doctoral Fellow, HIV Research

Job ID: req2131
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Applied & Development Research Program
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration, Dedication, Integrity and Versatility; it's the FNL way.

Position Overview:


The Laboratory of Human Retrovirology and Immunoinformatics (LHRI), Applied / Developmental Directorate, conducts Basic research, Translational Research, and Bioinformatics research. The goals of LHRI studies are to develop novel therapies for HIV(+) patients infected with multiple-class drug-resistant (MDR) HIV variants. This work is associated with NIAID clinical trials for HIV. LHRI has discovered the novel mutations associated with MDR or virus fitness in clinical samples and identified Interleukin-27 and Ku70 protein as a novel anti-HIV/HCV cytokine and a novel cytosolic DNA sensor inducing the innate immune responses, respectively. Recently, LHRI found potential novel targets in HIV to develop a novel therapy (J. Virology, 2021 doi: 10.1128/JVI.01323-21).


The Postdoctoral Fellows will be involved in the recently discovered HIV target study.
  • Performing multiple assays using qPCR, WB, Immune precipitation, confocal microscope, AMNIS (imaging flow cytometry), FPLC, cloning and constructing expression plasmids, knockdown or knock-in of gene of interests using (either siRNA or CRISPR), NGS
  • Publishing paper(s) and presenting in the international or domestic scientific conference(s)


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
  • Possession of a PhD degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or eight (8) years of related experience. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • No work experience required with a Doctorate degree
  • Publication of the author paper(s)
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
  • General molecular biology techniques (RNA extraction, RT-PCR, genomic DNA isolation, construction of expression plasmids), tissue culture (primary human cells: T cells and macrophages, and cell lines ), transfection, western blotting, Immunol precipitation (pull-down) assay, FPLC or HPLC, Sanger DNA sequence. Docking modle analysis
  • Handling of HIV or other viruses
  • Tissue culture (cell line or primary human cells)
  • Knowledge of HIV virology
  • Statistical analysis skills

  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

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