Immunology Lead

NIH NIAID IRF - Ft. Detrick, MD
Based on experience
Nov 05, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Laulima Government Solutions, LLC is looking for a qualified Immunology Lead to support our contract with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at Ft. Detrick, MD.

Job Description

• Serve as senior immunology advisor and vertebrate immunology Subject Matter Expert (SME) for proposed research, ongoing projects, collaborative partnerships, and publication/report reviews.

• Builds, maintains, and works within a team on collaborator-driven projects; cultivates a constructive and highly productive synergistic teams-within-teams environment.

• Advises Government leadership on important advances in immunology theories and practices.

• Introduces state-of-the-art ideas and methods to enhance the immunological capabilities of the IRF.

• Actively solicits mission-relevant collaborations from academia, industry, and/or Government that incorporate modern immunological concepts.

• Develops and/or supervises the development of traditional immunological assays to support the needs of new or ongoing research programs involving in vivo, ex vivo, in situ, and in vitro test systems.

• Develops novel immunological assays and approaches to support cutting-edge in vivo and human immunological research.

• Reviews literature regularly to maintain knowledge of evolving immunological methods, techniques, and scientific and technological advances, in particular pertaining to new-frontier research areas. Maintains ad hoc knowledge on immunological differences between vertebrates of different species of interest to the facility.

• On request, provide recommendations to government and/or contract leadership regarding instrumentation or other gaps that need to be filled to keep the IRF-Frederick competitive.

• Routinely performs assay optimization and robustness characterizations for high-throughput analysis of a wide variety of in vivo and in vitro studies involving high-consequence pathogens.

• Efficiently plans, executes, and reports scientific activities conducted in accordance with government and leadership directives.

• Actively participates in practices/processes to continuously enhance data quality, integrity, and assurance including periodic development and/or review of study execution methods, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to identify and close gaps and refine procedures in line with top tier journal expectations.

• Develops, implements, and participates in training and cross-training programs to assure continuity of operations and scientific core activities.

• Complies with the NIH Division of Occupational Health and Safety requirement for satisfactory completion of the Biosurety program and Select Agent program.

• Publishes results in peer-reviewed, ideally high impact, national and international journals. • Communicates progress or problems with approved programs and projects to IRF-Frederick contract and government leadership in the form of oral and written progress reports.

• Plays a role in ensuring that the biosurety program promotes a security conscious culture.

• Complies with the physical security, protection of the division’s property, protection of information, cyber security, agent protection, control and accountability, safe disposal and waste handling, and personal security guidelines set forth by the division’s Biosurety program.



Degree/Education/Certification Requirements

• Minimum of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Immunology or a related field from an accredited college or university PhD, MD, DVM or similar degree with research emphasis in comparative vertebrate immunology.

• 5-8 years of specialized training and research experience in infectious-disease immunology.


• Strong background in assay development and optimization.



Required Skills and Experience

• Ability to lead support scientists and technical support staff in a highly team-oriented workplace.


• Strong publication record.


• Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.


• Must be able to obtain/maintain DoJ Security Risk Assessment (SRA) approval.


• Must be willing to participate in periodic drug screening.


• At least 6, preferably at least 8-10 years' immunology experience, along with prior experience working in a BSL-3 enironment; prior BSL-4 experience is preferred.


• Must have the ability to obtain/maintain certification in Chemical Personnel Reliability Program and/or Biological Personnel Reliability Program/ability and willingness to work regularly and frequently under BSL-2, BSL-3, and in particular BSL-4 conditions with the ability to wear respiratory protection.


• Must have the ability to obtain/maintain CDC Select Agent Program approval.


• Must have strong verbal/written communication, team-first mentality.


Desired Skills and Experience

• Experience with viral Select Agents is desired, but not required

• Experience with models of viral infectious diseases.

• Proficiency in FlowJo, FACSDiva, GraphPad Prism, and Endnote.

• Basic understanding of laboratory information management systems (LIMS).


• Interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills.


• Ability to work independently, design experiments, and analyze, summarize, and present data.


Laulima Government Solutions, LLC is a fast-growing government service provider. Employees enjoy competitive salaries; a 401K plan with company match; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; tuition reimbursement; paid time off; and 10 paid holidays. Laulima Government Solutions, LLC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of individuals with disabilities and veterans. We are proud to state that we do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. If you are a person with a disability and you need an accommodation during the application process, please click  here  to request accommodation. We E-Verify all employees.

The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-owned and 8(a) certified businesses. The Family of Companies (FOCs) includes Ke`aki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, Kūpono Government Services, and Kapili Services, Po`okela Solutions,  Kīkaha Solutions, LLC,  and Pololei Solutions, LLC.  Alaka`ina Foundation activities under the 501(c)3 principally benefit the youth of Hawaii through charitable efforts which includes providing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science & technology, and environmental stewardship.

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