This position is located in the International Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), Section (IHSS), Laboratory of Immunoregulation (LIR), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The major theme of LIR is the elucidation of cellular and molecular mechanisms of the regulation of the human immune response in health and disease. The IHSS research focuses on investigating the parameters that effect HIV disease in international settings. Specifically, the IHSS (1) defines the unique epidemiologic, clinical, virologic, and immunologic features of HIV infection in developing countries; (2) examines the viral kinetics and other biological and behavioral factors associated with HIV transmission; (3) characterizes the molecular strains of HIV by region for infectiousness, transmission, and immunologic response; (4) develops and evaluates novel interventions to prevent HIV transmission, including microbicides, circumcision and vaccines; (5) examines the efficacy of antiretroviral drugs in preventing transmission and increasing survival in developing countries; (6) defines the epidemiology, risk factors, and transmission of C. trachomatis genital tract infections in individuals internationally; (7) defines the immunopathogenesis of C. trachomatis infection in pelvic inflammatory diseases, infertility and blinding trachoma; and (8) implements clinical trials aimed at facilitation of more effective control of blinding trachoma in Africa.
If selected for this position, you will serve as a Staff Scientist in the IHSS, responsible for performing epidemiological investigations of HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and herpes simplex virus (HSV)-2 in support of the Section Chief. Specific duties may include:
- Serve as a staff scientist in support of the IHSS Chief, performing a wide range of complex, highly visible molecular epidemiologic studies in the HIV field, with a specific focus on determining how viruses are introduced into a community.
- Conduct epidemiologic studies of HIV, HCV and HSV-2, using molecular and serologic techniques resulting in new discoveries regarding the driving forces of local epidemics occurring in countries across the world.
- Conduct experiments to significantly advance the understanding of sexually transmitted diseases.
- Perform research that often results in the identification of significant technical limitations of current methodologies, for which insights and recommendations are generated for improving on them.
- Research and develop new ways of identification of individuals recently infected with HIV.
- Prepare and submit numerous manuscripts for publication in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals.
- Create new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in addition to extending or modifying existing SOPs regarding assigned research areas, including standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, techniques, and other laboratory policies and procedures.
- Serve as Director of the HIV Incidence Core of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HTPN) Laboratory.