Silver Spring, Maryland

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing military medicine. 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. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF's support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals.

HJF is seeking a Scientist to develop and conduct research projects. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products, and problems. Develops new technologies and protocols.

This position will be in support of the Adjuvants and Formulation Section of the Laboratory of Adjuvant and Antigen Research, US Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. The Scientist will conduct basic laboratory research in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and immunology of liposomes and adjuvants. The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct research on the development of novel liposome formulations to be used as adjuvants for HIV-1 and other infectious disease vaccine candidates. Project also utilizes liposomal nanoparticles for mRNA-based vaccines.

Responsibilities

  • Conducts independent laboratory research to plan, develop, and characterize novel liposome adjuvant formulations including Army Liposome Formulations to generate scientific data for peer-reviewed publications.
  • Publishes original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presents results at laboratory and departmental meetings and at scientific conferences.
  • Effectively works with MHRP internal and external collaborators. As an essential duty, prepares and oversees the laboratory manufacturing ArmyLiposome Formulations and other adjuvants for collaborative studies on a as needed-basis.
  • Conducts immunogenicity studies with new liposomal adjuvant formulations, ALF-adjuvanted vaccine formulations and mRNA-LNP formulations in animals. Analyzes serum samples for antibodies by ELISA and collaborates with other MHRP investigators for functional and cellular assays.
  • Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.
  • 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, must have practical experience in flow cytometry, tissue culture, and immunological assays.
  • Ability to write research papers and grants.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with minimum supervision.

Qualifications

Minimum Education:

Doctoral degree is required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements:

Associate - Scientist - Minimum 0-2 years of relevant work experience is required

Scientist I- Minimum 2-5 years of relevant work experience is required

All HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

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, education and credentials, a criminal background check, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check if applicable. Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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

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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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