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Junior Scientist
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation in Bethesda,
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Date Posted 09/05/2019
Salary 0 -  
Employment Type fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Junior Scientist to support ongoing studies in Dr. Brian Schaefer’s laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Uniformed Services University. A particular emphasis will be studies of the host response to viral infection using a rodent model. Responsible for research and development, as well as assisting in the oversight and direction of  other scientific and technical staff.  Designs, executes and interprets experiments that contribute to project strategies. Prepares drafts of manuscripts reporting findings and contributes text and data figures for funding applications.  Significant previous experience working with rodents is required. May require occasional work on evenings or weekends, depending on the workload of the laboratory and the design of the experiment.


  1. Formulates experimental hypotheses, designs experimental protocols, and performs experiments in support of laboratory projects, as directed by the PI. Has the necessary skills to manage multiple projects. 
  2. Performs in vitro and in vivo virus infections, determining viral titers via histological, molecular and other approaches.
  3. Analyzes host response to viral infections using histology, flow cytometry, and other approaches.
  4. Develops necessary new technologies and protocols.
  5. Processes and interprets experimental data and provides training and oversight to technical staff regarding processing and interpretation of data. Ensures accuracy and proper statistical evaluation of tabulated data.
  6. Supervises and trains technical staff, students, and volunteers, as required.
  7. Coordinates with other technical and professional staff.
  8. Prepares text and data figures for funding applications, written reports, manuscripts for submission to scientific journals, and patent applications.       10% of time
  9. Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel, including rigorous training in BSL2 safety precautions and animal handling and manipulation.
  10. Provides collaborative assistance to other Research Scientists that require the incumbent's expertise.
  11. Performs other duties, as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Outstanding organizational abilities and attention to detail; significant experience in/understanding of animal biology and molecular biology; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to interact in a professional manner with laboratory and University personnel. Significant experience with rodent handling, molecular biology techniques (e.g., PCR), flow cytometry, tissue culture and BSL-2/ABSL-2 procedures. Ability to troubleshoot technical procedures. Ability to work independently and supervise others.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Ph.D. in related scientific discipline.

Minimum Experience:  0 to 2 years related research experience.

Physical Capabilities:  Requires long periods of sitting and standing; handling of various chemicals; working for extended periods with laboratory animals; handling and performing procedures on laboratory animals; working in high health-status barrier facilities wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment; may require working evenings and weekends; may involve working with biohazardous materials.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

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. 

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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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