Postdoctoral Fellow - Viral and Rickettsial Diseases-
- Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF)
- Location: Bethesda, MD
- Job Number: 7068424 (Ref #: POSTD01198)
- Posting Date: Jul 30, 2020
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionJoin the HJF Team!
HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the Rickettsial Disease Division within Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department (VRDD) located at Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to VRDD. U.S. citizenship required.
The incumbent will utilize expertise in immunology to support multiple research projects in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff. The incumbent is responsible for planning and executing research projects lead by laboratory PI in areas of host-pathogen interaction, vaccine development and diagnostic assays for Rickettsial diseases caused by a group of intracellular bacteria, with a special focus on scrub typhus. The incumbent shall apply state-of-art techniques in immunology, cell and molecular biology to support currently funded projects. In addition, the incumbent is expected to develop new research projects to compliment overall program mission through introducing innovative ideas.
1. Work closely with PI and the research team to plan, design, and executing scientific research.
2. Perform experiments using appropriate cellular and animal models to study host immunological responses and advance scrub typhus vaccine program.
3. Perform experiments to identify species of different vectors and pathogens therein.
4. Maintain detailed laboratory notebook and data records.
5. Assist with the preparation of research proposals and peer-reviewed publications.
6. Provide training to laboratory staff including research associates, visiting students/scholars.
7. Performs other duties as assigned or directed by the PI.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Strong background in immunology in terms of knowledge and technical skills; attention to details and strong trouble-shooting skills; effective oral and written communication skills; working experience with high throughput technologies including Next Generation Sequencing is highly desirable; prior experience working with small animals (i.e. rodents) and in BSL3 is preferred; knowledge and experience in vector (tick) biology and identification of vector species is a plus.
Minimum Education: Ph.D. degree in Biological Science (Immunology, Microbiology or a related filed).
Minimum Experience/Training Requirements: 0-5 years of relevant experience after graduation.
Physical Capabilities: Long periods of sitting and standing; handling of various chemicals.
Work Environment: Laboratory environment (Biosafety Level 2 and 3).
Background/Security: U.S. citizenship required; eligible to obtain and maintain a Tier III Investigation/ Secret Clearance.
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.