Silver Spring, Maryland

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the Laboratory of Vaccine Immunology located at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to WRAIR.

Responsible for initiating and carrying out research projects independently and in collaboration with a research team. Pursues research along a focused line of inquiry towards manuscript development. Specific research projects will investigate adaptive immune responses to inform HIV-1 vaccine and therapeutic strategies against viral infections, including assessment of virus-specific T cells in the setting of infection and vaccination through application of cutting-edge flow cytometry and transcriptomics.

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. Formulates experimental hypotheses and designs and executes scientific research. Processes and interprets experimental data. (70%)
  2. Makes scientific observations, maintains detailed workbooks/documentation, and ensures documentation fulfills generally accepted professional/industry standards. (20%)
  3. Prepares written reports and prepares data for presentations at scientific meetings and for manuscripts for submission to scientific journals. (10%)
  4. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of immunology, virology (ideally HIV-1), and vaccines; ability to analyze and interpret data. Experience in flow cytometry, molecular biology, and standard laboratory techniques is required. He/she should have excellent written and oral communication skills and a strong publication record as evidenced by first-author publications in virology, immunology, or cell biology. They should have the ability to work in an independent capacity, be able to design experiments, and troubleshoot technical procedures.

Minimum Education: Doctoral degree required for this position.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: Minimum 0-5 years required for this position.

Physical Capabilities: Must be able to lift materials up to 30 lbs.

Work Environment: Based in a laboratory setting.

Work Arrangement: Mainly on-site but some telework available.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust and a Common Access Card (CAC).

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.

Silver Spring, 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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