Post Doctoral Fellow (NCI)

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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, and AIDS related tumors, particularly those associated with other viruses such as KSHV. 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, to international viral epidemiology.  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 research with Dr. Greg Del Prete, Sr. Scientist, ACVP and Dr. Jeff Lifson, Director, ACVP, Retroviral Pathogenesis Section. 

The project will utilize state-of-the-art technologies and approaches to facilitate a range of studies developing and utilizing nonhuman primate (NHP) models to understand the pathogenesis and disease progression of HIV/SIV infections, including the development of gammaherpesvirus-related malignancies with AIDS, as well as HIV/SIV viral reservoir establishment, persistence and therapeutic interventions aimed to eradicate HIV/SIV, with particular interest in central nervous system (CNS) virus reservoirs. 



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

  • Possession of a PhD from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related field.
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • No experience required beyond the education requirements
  • Applicant must be highly skilled in techniques of molecular virology (HIV/SIV), cell biology, immunology, histology and/or pathology. 
  • 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 NHP procedures and tissue collection, periodic travel to scientific meetings and requiring the individual to have great flexibility with their work schedule to ensure completion of scientific projects, as well as being able direct the efforts of technical staff.
  • The candidate will successfully complete projects and write scientific manuscripts.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Background in HIV/SIV or gamma herpes virus or central nervous system (CNS) research and have strong communication skills; prior experience in nonhuman primate models.

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