Postdoctoral Fellow (1 of 2) - Operational Undersea Medicine Directorate - Military Veterans

at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Silver Spring, Maryland

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the NeuroTrauma Department, within the Operational Undersea Medicine Directorate (OUMD), located at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to OUMD. U.S. citizenship required.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is responsible for initiating and carrying out research projects in collaboration with a research team. Pursuits research along a focused line of inquiry and has a manuscript in development.

The NeuroTrauma Department (NTD) conducts research to develop novel strategies to prevent and treat traumatic brain injury with particular attention given to developing early, far forward interventions for traumatic brain injury alone or in combination with other injuries. The department is focused on blast-related injuries and conducts both animal and human studies of brain injury to assess neurocognitive, neuropsychological, and biomarker changes. Research efforts include studying blast biophysics, identifying the biological responses to blast exposure, and assessing the efficacy of promising therapeutic interventions to prevent and treat pathological changes associated with blast exposure.

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. Assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development in areas of traumatic brain injury. (15%)
  2. Performs small and large animal experiments; including animal handling, anesthesia induction, blast overpressure exposure, surgical techniques, cognitive and behavioral tests and biospecimen collection. (30%)
  3. Performs specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which involves specialized procedures; while coordinating onsite experiments with veterinary service providers, laboratory techniques in neuroscience and cellular/molecular biology (Ex-western blotting, ELISA, PCR, extracellular vesicle extraction and characterization, immunohistochemistry and others). (30%)
  4. Collects and handles samples and maintains detailed records of experiments. (10%)
  5. Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals; as well as assisting with technical writing for reports, animal protocols, and grants. (10%)
  6. Maintains laboratory areas and workspaces in compliance with Safety regulations and assists with monitoring and training lower level staff on the project. (5%)
  7. 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 appropriate scientific area; ability to analyze and interpret data.
  • Experience working with animal models required.
  • Experience/knowledge with blast injuries and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is a plus.
  • Background in Microbiology, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Neuroscience or related scientific field.

Minimum Education: Doctoral degree required for this position.

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

Work Arrangement: 100% on-site.

Background/Security: U.S. citizenship required; eligible to obtain and maintain a Tier III Investigation/ Secret Clearance and 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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