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Post Doctoral Fellow-Computational Structural Biology

Job ID: req927
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is dedicated to improving human health through discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS, and emerging infectious diseases. 

Position Overview:


The Basic Science Program (BSP) pursues independent, multidisciplinary research programs in basic or applied molecular biology, immunology, retrovirology, cancer biology, or human genetics.  Research efforts and support are an integral part of the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR). This position is in the laboratory of Dr. Ruth Nussinov, a preeminent computational structural biologist and Senior Principal Investigator, leading her lab to novel, cutting edge research in the field.


A computationally strong candidate is required for an independent research project in the Nussinov lab at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research which involves the prediction and modeling of the interactions of microbiome proteins with those of the human host on a large scale.  Additional Responsibilities:

  • Handling large databases,
  • High level programming proficiency, including machine learning,
  • Statistical analysis,
  • Familiarity with protein structures,
  • Ability to interact closely with experimental groups to obtain molecular mechanisms
  • The project aim to understand how microbiota can cause disease, particularly cancer


  • Possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a biomedical related field (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • No experience required beyond the educational requirement
  • Published first-authorship papers in international journals, in English, and the ability to write papers
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


  • Knowledge of the microbiome and experience in working on microbiome projects 
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)