Postdoctoral position, Vector Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Job Description:

The Vector Biochemical and Molecular Biology Section (Headed by Dr. Eric Calvo), Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID/NIH is seeking a talented Postdoctoral Fellow to join a fast-paced, interdisciplinary team of researchers focused in medical entomology. Our primary goal is to understand the role of saliva in blood feeding and pathogen transmission by arthropods, using a two-pronged approach of functional studies of recombinant proteins and gene-editing via CRISPR/Cas9. Successful postdoctoral fellow will work in the characterization of salivary molecules from blood feeding arthropods and their effect on vertebrate hemostasis and pathogen transmission.


This position requires significant scientific judgment and advanced academic qualifications. Selected candidate is expected to conduct complex bench work and technical analysis in the fields of biochemistry, vascular biology and immunology among others. This position is for an initial one (1) year contract with a maximum length of four (4) years based on performance and fund availability. His/Her scientific findings are expected to be published in high impact, peer-reviewed journals. Accepted candidate is expected to start his/her tour by October 1st, 2018.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or related area with up to one (1) year of postdoctoral experience
  • Protein chemistry and molecular biology experience is required
  • Familiar with animal models (murine and insects) is a must.
  • Experience in vascular biology, immunology and physiology is desired
  • Experience with cell culture and microscopy is desired but not required
  • Extremely organized with detailed-oriented personality
  • An excellent interpersonal and communication (English) skill is essential.

To Apply:

Please, send your cover letter (research interest and career goals), your CV and names and email addresses of three references to Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by late July 2018 for interview process.