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Innate Immunity in iInfection and Vaccine Development

Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Silver Spring, Maryland

Position Description:

Join the HJF Team!

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

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 incumbent will be responsible for initiating and carrying out scientific projects on the role of innate immunity in infection and vaccine development in support of the goals and objectives of the Innate Immunology section and under the supervision of senior scientists. The position involves understanding how the innate immune system can influence adaptive immunity elicited during infection and vaccination. The innate immunology section is particularly interested in studying the contribution of innate T cells (MAIT and iNKT cells) as well as NK cells responses to vector and adjuvant used in vaccination. The incumbent will be part of a team of biologists, clinicians and statisticians working on a range of questions related to vaccine research focusing principally on HIV, but also Dengue, Ebola, SARS-CoV-2, or other pathogens of interest to the program.

  1. Plans, executes and oversees laboratory research and vaccine assessment strategies as they apply to innate immune functions in humans and non-human primates. (50%)
  2. Develops new technologies, protocols and assay techniques for assessing innate immune functions in humans and experimental animal models. (20%)
  3. Plans, coordinates, and conducts independent scientific research on outlined objectives; contributes to collaborative research projects. (10%)
  4. Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed records of experiments. (5%)
  5. Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals. (10%)
  6. Assists with training and supervising laboratory staff as needed. (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; immunology and associated techniques; expertise in flow cytometry and data analysis. Ability to work comfortably in a biosafety level 2 laboratory with HIV+ specimens, or other pathogens. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and be goal oriented. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and the desire to learn new technologies are required.

Minimum Education: Doctoral degree is required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 0-5 years of relevant work experience required.

Background/Security: Must have lived in the U.S. 3 out of the past 5 years; eligible to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/ Public Trust and a Common Access Card (CAC).

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Applications for this position will be accepted until March 19, 2021

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.