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Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigator

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Hamilton, Montana
Closing date
Oct 28, 2023

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Infectious Disease
Full Time
Position Type

Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigator

Laboratory of Virology, Division of Intramural Research

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), conducts and supports a global program of research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. The Laboratory of Virology in the Division of Intramural Research within NIAID seeks an outstanding scientist to serve as a tenure-track/tenure-eligible investigator at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana.

Situated in the scenic Bitterroot Valley of southwestern Montana, with easy access to some of the finest outdoor recreational opportunities in North America, RML has state-of-the-art facilities that include an operational biosafety level (BSL)-3 facility, a BSL-4 laboratory, and an animal facility that can accommodate work with small animal, nonhuman primate, and small livestock models, as well as core facilities for genomics, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, and bioinformatics.

The Laboratory of Virology (LV) conducts high-impact, innovative basic and translational research on viral agents requiring high or maximum containment with the goal of developing diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics. Fundamental experimental approaches of the laboratory include molecular-, cellular-, immunological-, and aerobiology-based techniques, along with animal models of pathogenesis, transmission, and countermeasure development.

The research conducted in LV includes studies of vector/reservoir transmission, molecular biology, pathogenesis, and host immune response of high- or maximum-containment viral pathogens. LV prioritizes diversity and inclusion as a centerpiece of the team’s culture. See more information about LV.

The selected candidate is expected to implement and direct a vigorous, independent research program that includes basic and/or translational virology in one of the following research areas: molecular biology, immunology, structural biology, molecular pathogenesis, or countermeasure development. Preference will be given to candidates with virologic research requiring high or maximum containment or a strong commitment to developing a research program including high- or maximum-containment virology research. Independent resources are committed to the position, including space, support personnel, and an annual budget for services, supplies, and salaries. Facilities at existing NIAID international sites in Africa and Asia may be available to the incumbent.



  • A doctoral degree (Ph.D., D.V.M., M.D., or equivalent) in a relevant field

In addition to meeting this requirement, the ideal candidate will have a strong publication record demonstrating potential for creative research.

U.S. citizenship is not required, and compensation is commensurate with experience, qualifications, and accomplishments.

This position is subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate must be able to obtain a Level 5 Public Trust security clearance before their start date and must maintain this level of clearance to remain in the position. Federal Select Agent clearance is also required.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send the following to NIAIDDIRSearch@NIAID.NIH.GOV:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) In your CV, please describe your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving groups underrepresented in biomedical research, as defined by the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity
  • Bibliography
  • Names of five references
  • Two- to three-page description of your proposed individual research program
  • A description of your commitment to diversity in biomedical research, including your track record of mentoring and outreach activities and future plans
  • One- to two-page statement on how your proposed innovative research complements and will augment existing LV research programs


Women and people from other groups underrepresented in biomedical research are especially encouraged to apply. A complete federal civil service package of benefits, including retirement plans, health and life insurance plans, and Thrift Savings Plans (401k equivalent), is available.

Applications will be reviewed starting October 26, 2023, and will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, email Dr. Heinz Feldmann.

Visit NIAID Careers for more information about working at NIAID.

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.


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