Postdoctoral Fellow

Frederick, MD
Nov 22, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

The Applied/Developmental Research Directorate maintains a Clinical Services Program that has expertise covering a broad spectrum of pre-clinical and clinical trial support, and immunologic testing.

The Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Program at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is seeking a highly energetic postdoctoral fellow, with strong expertise in immunology, vaccinology, or microbiology with experience in microbiome analysis.


  • Assume lead role in project investigating relationship between mouse vaccine responses and intestinal microbiome
  • Conduct in vivo mouse studies including formulation of vaccines and processing of mouse tissues (does not include hands-on work with animals)
  • Perform humoral and cellular-based immunological assays including ELISA, ELISPOT, flow cytometry, neutralization assays
  • Interface with metagenomics facility as provider of samples for microbiome data generation and bioinformatics analysis
  • Providing timely progress reports to Scientific Manager and preparing/performing presentations for management review
  • Writing abstracts/manuscripts for presentations in meetings and publication


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


  • Possession of a PhD in the fields of Immunology or Microbiology or in a related discipline from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) appropriate to biomedical research. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • No experience required beyond the educational requirement
  • Education or laboratory experience conducting in vivo mouse immunogenicity studies and performance of immunological-based assays including ELISPOT, ELISA, FACS, and other cell-based assays
  • Education or experience analyzing genomics, transcriptomics, or proteomics data relating to the microbiome
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:



  • Knowledge of vaccines and mouse vaccine models, especially cancer vaccines and models
  • Knowledge of microbiological techniques, including growing, maintaining bacterial cultures and delivery to mice as well as experience with antibiotics
  • Knowledge of gnotobiotic mouse models


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