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HIV and non-HIV Pathogen Evolution, Screening, Monitoring, and Battlefield Medicine

Henry M Jackson Foundation, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, 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.

The incumbent will be responsible for conducting, developing and applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts in clinical translational research to advance HIV and non-HIV related disease screening, monitoring, and battlefield medicine. MHRP conducts research to develop an effective HIV vaccine and integrates prevention, diagnostics, treatment and monitoring as part of an international effort to protect US and Allied troops and reduce the impact of HIV infection worldwide. The position involves genetic characterization of HIV and non-HIV pathogen evolution during infection and therapy.


  1. Assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development.
  2. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.
  3. Performs specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which involves specialized procedures.
  4. Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed records of experiments.
  5. Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.
  6. Analyzes and prepares reagent and/or assay product documentation. Organizes and procures needed reagents, performs experiments, analyzes data, and documents results. 
  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:
  • Hypothesizes, plans, designs and conducts laboratory research on molecular characterization of pathogens that lead to high-impact scientific publications and supports major grant applications.
  • Develops and performs specialized molecular biology techniques utilizing PCR, Sanger/Next Generation Sequencing, Genetic engineering and cloning.
  • Performs data analysis using bioinformatics and statistical programs, prepares graphical representation of data, prepares paper manuscripts, prepares scientific reports for funded projects, presents research data at in-house meetings and at National and International scientific conferences.
  • Publishes research findings on peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Prepares funding applications for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and/or for extramural grants including nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves as a team member/advisor designing experiments.
  • Provides training and guidance to junior laboratory staff.
  • Applies expertise and knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories to the research work being conducted.

Minimum Education: Doctoral degree in molecular biology or virology required.

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

Work Environment: Set in a laboratory work environment.

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).

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.

To Apply:

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Application Deadline: May 22, 2021

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