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Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow, Host-Parasite Interactions Section, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, Hamilton, Montana

Posted by on Monday, June 12, 2023 in Job Opportunities .

A postdoctoral fellowship position is available within the Host-Parasite Interactions Section of the Laboratory of Bacteriology in the Division of Intramural Research, a component of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), located at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana. Situated in the 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 for genomics, proteomics, and biological imaging in a recently renovated laboratory. Investigators work on a variety of human pathogens, including those requiring high containment.

The Host-Parasite Interactions Section studies the pathogenic mechanisms of the obligate intracellular pathogens Chlamydia trachomatis and Rickettsia rickettsii. Available projects focus on the molecular mechanisms that intracellular parasites use to survive and replicate within eukaryotic cells.

The incumbent will develop and apply new and existing techniques such as live cell imaging, confocal microscopy, molecular biology, genomics, and protein chemistry to study parasite-host cell interactions. This fellowship would be an excellent opportunity for someone with robust molecular skills to apply their knowledge to pathogenic microbes.


  • A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., etc.) obtained within the last three years

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong background in molecular biology or bacterial genetics
  • Experience with pathogenic microbes
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

This position is subject to a background investigation. The initial appointment is for two years but may be extended for a third year. Trainees will receive a stipend commensurate with experience. Health insurance benefits are provided.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to

Ted Hackstadt, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator, Chief, Host-Parasite Interactions Section

Laboratory of Bacteriology

Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID

903 South 4th Street

Hamilton, MT 59840

Highly motivated candidates are encouraged to apply.

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