The VALIDATE Network - Vaccine development for complex intracellular neglected pathogens
Chief, Basic Immunology Branch
30 October 2021
NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Bethesda, MD, United States
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader to be chief of the Basic Immunology Branch (BIB) within the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation (DAIT). The chief, BIB, directs and manages a complex scientific research portfolio of basic immunology (with a strong focus on human immunology) that serves as the foundation for other programs within NIAID and across the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including development of new clinical strategies and biotechnical application to treat or prevent all infectious diseases, immune-mediated conditions, and cancer.
Areas of emphasis include fundamental and applied immunology, which includes innate and adaptive immune system development and function, adjuvant discovery and development, structural immunology, comparative immunology, computational immunology, and immunology research resources and technology development. The chief exercises broad influence on scientific programs aligned with U.S. and global health priorities. Additionally, the chief develops and articulates scientific priorities in concert with NIH and U.S Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) goals, as well as in the context of broader public health goals. Leadership and supervision involve the strategic management of significant resources and the integration of portfolios that involve a broad range of immune-mediated and infectious diseases (including potential pandemic threats).
Applicants must have an M.D. or Ph.D. in a biomedical science field, with demonstrated broad and in-depth expertise in human and animal immunology; vaccine adjuvant discovery, development, and comparison; host immunology responses to various infectious agents (with an emphasis on influenza, malaria, and tuberculosis); and expertise in biotechnology to advance immunological research.
In addition to the above qualifications, the candidate must have demonstrated skills in the following areas:
Working both independently and collaboratively in planning, organizing, and conducting research in basic immunology
Successful management of a multifaceted research portfolio
Effective interactions across multiple sectors of government, industry, and academia