Postdoctoral Fellow

Updated: July 19, 2018
Job ID: 212792
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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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, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP. The incumbent will be responsible for initiating and carrying out scientific projects on the role of NK cells in infection and vaccine development in support of the goals and objectives of the Flow Cytometry Core, Innate Immunity Section and under the supervision of senior scientists. The position involves understanding how NK cells perform innate effector activities as well as to measure adaptive like immunity and assessing other functional characteristics of these cells activated during infection and 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, MERS-coV, or other pathogens of interest to the program. The candidate will work with different stakeholders in a highly multidisciplinary environment.


  1. Plans, executes and oversees laboratory research and vaccine assessment strategies as they apply to FC receptor-mediated innate immune functions in humans and non-human primates
  2. Develops new technologies, protocols and assay techniques for assessing FC receptor-mediated innate immune functions in humans and experimental animal models
  3. Plans, coordinates, and conducts independent scientific research on outlined objectives; contributes to collaborative research projects
  4. Designs, develops, performs, and/or oversees experiments and data collection to ensure data quality and integrity
  5. Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed inventory and records of experiments by maintaining up to date, clear, and accurate laboratory notebooks
  6. Maintains current knowledge of and contributes to advancements in the field through participation in professional organizations, scientific conferences, reading industry journals, and publication of manuscripts
  7. Assists with training and supervising laboratory staff as needed and collaborates with scientists within and outside of MHRP
  8. Follows all MHRP and WRAIR safety procedures and completes required training in a timely manner; Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes workplace safety.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.

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. 
  • Experience with project planning, implementation and data analysis.
  • 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/Training Requirements: Ph.D. (or equivalent) in molecular biology, immunology, microbiology or related discipline.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of similar experience

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting; intricate work with hands; carrying of light and moderately heavy laboratory equipment.  Job performance requires movement around and between several laboratories, and long periods of sitting at laboratory bench. Fine motor coordination in manipulation of laboratory materials is essential.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Supervises support and technical staff

Work Environment: Laboratory environment; may require working evenings and weekends. The incumbent will handle biohazardous materials including infectious flaviviruses, HIV-1 and related lentiviruses, and be expected to practice safe handling of hazardous chemicals. This laboratory is densely populated and requires good interpersonal skills for effective job performance.

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 Director of Human Resources.