Dayton, Ohio

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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.

This position will be in support of the Air Force Research Laboratory, 711 Human Performance Wing, Airman Systems Directorate, Airman Biosciences Division, Biotechnology Branch.

AFRL leads the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for America's air, space, and cyberspace forces. AFRL is a full-spectrum laboratory, responsible for planning and executing the Air Force's science and technology program. AFRL leads a worldwide government, industry and academic partnership in the discovery, development, and delivery of a wide range of revolutionary technologies. The laboratory provides leading edge warfighting capabilities keeping our air, space and cyberspace forces the world's best. The 711 Human Performance Wing advances human performance in air, space and cyberspace through research, education, and consultation, accomplished through the synergies created by the wing's two distinct but complementary entities: Airman Systems Directorate and U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. For more information about AFRL, visit https://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/.

Responsibilities

HJF is seeking a Research Associate II to perform research and/or development in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff. May exercises technical discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies. May provide limited guidance to lower-level Research Associates. This is the second of four levels within the Research Associate series.

The overarching aim of this research is to improve rapid assessment of aerosol exposures to military personnel using relevant substances. In this proposed research, aerosols will be generated using nebulization and then passed through the surfactometer chamber where lung surfactant (LS) films are positioned immediately below the aerosol intake valves, thus simulating in vivo surfactant surface area changes during breathing. One of the advantages of the system is its ability to increase temperature to simulate heat stress, decrease oxygen content to simulate hypoxia, or reduce the temperature to simulate arctic conditions.

Responsibilities
  • Assess the interactions between lung surfactant films and a panel of aerosolized 'benchmark chemicals/particles' relevant to Air Force operational settings.
  • Measure the impact of diminished surfactant function on tissue surface structure and molecular profiles using a multi-lung cell/tissue model.
  • Design and build a functional device that can house and test the biological effects of aerosols on lung fluids, cells, and tissues in a sterile environment. Biophysical changes in lung fluids and biomolecular changes in cells/tissues will inform potential adverse respiratory health effects of Airmen in operational environments.
  • Build and validate a computational/statistical simulation model capable of distinguishing (and predicting) respiratory health effects via diminished lung surfactant function due to aerosol exposure and assist development of exposure guidelines.
  • Work simultaneously on multiple projects, involving a diverse and interdisciplinary team of scientists across multiple laboratories.
  • Prepares research proposals, progress reports, and manuscripts for submission to scientific 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
  • Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Toxicology or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge of complex laboratory procedures.
  • Exensive and proven computational experience.
  • ability to meet deadlines of projects.
  • good communication and analytical skills.
  • strong publication record.

Physical Capabilities
  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 10 lbs.
  • Ability to stand or sit at a computer for prolonged periods.

Qualifications

Work Environment
  • This position will take place primarily in a laboratory setting.

Education and Experience
  • Master's Degree required.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years' experience 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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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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