Associate Director for HIV Vaccine and Prevention Research - Military HIV Research Program - Military Veterans

at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Bethesda, Maryland

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HJF is seeking a Associate Director for HIV Vaccine and Prevention Research to support the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located at the Rockledge Office in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP.

Under the supervision of the Director, HJF Component, the incumbent is responsible for the oversight and management of a portfolio of product development activities and clinical research studies focused on biomedical strategies for the prevention of HIV, supporting the mission of the US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). In this capacity, the incumbent will supervise and direct the planning, design, implementation, oversight, and analysis of product development and clinical research activities related to candidate vaccines, passive immunization strategies, and other novel interventions to prevent HIV acquisition. The incumbent will work with other HJF staff, US government collaborators, MHRP network sites, and other stakeholders as part of a cohesive team to meet mission objectives. The incumbent will directly plan, conduct, supervise, and support projects conducted at US and international clinical research sites, with specific roles that vary by project and may include serving as consultant, associate investigator, principal investigator or protocol chair. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that all necessary steps are followed for safety and regulatory compliance, assuring accuracy of complex clinical documentation on participants' records, and maintaining confidentiality. The incumbent will support the development of research proposals and the implementation, management, and reporting to funders/sponsors of funded agreements, grants, and contracts that support MHRP and related work with a focus on clinical vaccine and HIV prevention research and development in the US and international sites. The incumbent will also be responsible for management of research participants and treatment of patients during their participation in clinical research programs within established institutional policies and procedures.

NOTE: As a U.S. Government contractor, all HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

Responsibilities:
  1. As protocol chair, principal investigator, associate investigator, or consultant, designs, directs, and participates in clinical research and product development in accordance with the MHRP research mission with a focus on biomedical strategies to prevent HIV acquisition.
  2. Contributes to the development, execution and monitoring of a strategic plan for HIV vaccine and prevention studies to support MHRP research and development activities, to include development of funding proposals and contribution of subject matter expertise to related external programs.
  3. Coordinates basic, animal, and clinical research activities with a focus on biomedical strategies to prevent HIV acquisition, both within MHRP and through engagement with external collaborators.
  4. Directs and participates in the submission and continuing review of clinical research protocols with all applicable Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and regulatory bodies, to include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other relevant international and domestic agencies and collaborative partners.
  5. Examines, interviews, counsels, and manages research participants in US protocols, including protocols executed at Department of Defense facilities. Provides consultation and supervises the management of research participants in international protocols.
  6. Monitors and evaluates the quality and appropriateness of the clinical research program with an emphasis on biomedical strategies to prevent HIV acquisition. In this capacity, monitors and mentors clinical research staff; makes recommendations regarding site capability, capacity, and training requirements; and provides strategic direction.
  7. Analyzes data and prepares scientific papers for presentation at local, national, and international meetings and for publication in medical and scientific periodicals, supervising and assisting junior investigators, site investigators, trainees, and collaborators in these pursuits.
  8. Employs clinical and vaccine development expertise to promote participant safety and study integrity by serving on Protocol Safety Review Teams (PSRTs), Study Monitoring Committees (SMCs), Data Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs), and in other roles as directed.
  9. Identifies opportunities and coordinates applications for external funding to support research and development activities of MHRP.
  10. Assists in development of clinical trial budgets and monitors cost and performance for assigned projects.
  11. Provides relevant program status reports to the institution, regulatory agencies, and sponsors of the clinical research programs/projects, MHRP and HJF.
  12. Maintains clinical proficiency by participating in and providing clinical care to patients at Department of Defense medical treatment facilities or other medical care settings as available and relevant to training and experience. Incumbent must maintain a medical license in good standing and sufficient clinical experience to remain current in the incumbent's medical specialty or sub-specialty.
  13. Promotes the national and international visibility of MHRP and HJF research activities by actively engaging the scientific community through involvement in professional society activities, participation in peer review processes, membership on editorial boards for scientific periodicals, and other related undertakings.
  14. Represents HJF in support of MHRP in interactions with the US government, other international and domestic governmental and non-governmental partners, funders, sponsors, civil society, and private industry as appropriate and as directed by the Director, HJF Component.
  15. Performs other assignments as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Thorough knowledge of product development and the procedures and techniques necessary for performing research tasks; knowledge of medical science and the development of clinical research programs to support product development; knowledge of immunology and vaccinology; experience in the design of clinical research trials; ability to communicate effectively; ability to make effective presentations and publish; knowledge of applicable US regulation governing the conduct of medical research within the DoD and under the auspices of the FDA; excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills; willingness to travel to OCONUS research sites on multiple occasions annually.

Minimum Education: M.D

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: Minimum 6-8 years of work experience is required.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:US citizen; licensed, or able to secure a license, to practice medicine within the State of Maryland.

Physical Capabilities: Bending, standing, and sitting; able to tolerate intercontinental travel.

Supervisory Responsibilities: May supervise clinicians, scientists, researchers, administrators, students, volunteers or other support staff.

Work Environment: Office, Field, Clinic, Clinical Trials Unit or Hospital environment.

Work Arrangement: Option to work 100% remote may be considered.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Bethesda, Maryland

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global organization dedicated to advancing military medical research. We serve military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike.

The not-for-profit Foundation is authorized by Congress to support research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and throughout military medicine. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. The Foundation’s support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and to accomplish their research goals effectively and efficiently.

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