Research Physician - Military HIV Research Program - Bethesda, MD

Updated: Today
Job ID: 215932
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Physician to support the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP. 

The Research Physician will contribute to a broad project portfolio in all stages of development, from concept to final report inclusive of presentation at scientific conferences and publication in the peer-reviewed literature. These projects range from cohort studies to regulated clinical research and vaccine product development. Activities will be executed both in the US and internationally.  

We are seeking a qualified clinical research physician (M.D.) with experience in regulated clinical product/public health research, excellent written/oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively lead and contribute to complex, multidisciplinary, international research projects.  


  1. Contribute to the design and execution of clinical research studies to support the MHRP mission, including observational and interventional studies related to the prevention and treatment of HIV and other infectious diseases.
  2. Participate in the submission and continuing review of clinical research protocols with all applicable Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and regulatory bodies, to include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other relevant international and domestic agencies and collaborative partners.
  3. Conduct clinical research according to approved protocols as a study Principal Investigator, Protocol Chair, or Associate Investigator, and maintain ethical and regulatory compliance as well as the integrity of study data and health and welfare of study participants.
  4. Conduct clinical research studies involving administration of investigational products according to the principles of current Good Clinical Practices (cGCP), Good Laboratory Practices (cGLP), and Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and in accordance with all relevant host nation, US Federal, Department of Defense (DoD) and Army regulations and policies.
  5. Contribute to the creation, composition, maintenance and execution of clinical research protocols and supporting documents including study related budgets and status reports.
  6. Write and manage grant proposals to obtain funding from multiple funding sources.
  7. Coordinate scientific and laboratory input, output and analyses related to clinical research protocols and scientific goals, especially as it relates to vaccine research.Analyze data and prepare data and study findings for presentation at scientific meetings and publication in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. 
  8. Generate relevant program status reports to the institution, government agencies, sponsors, research partners and others.
  9. Provide appropriate medical oversight and study-related clinical decision making including the identification, classification, management and reporting of adverse events. 
  10. Examine, interview, counsel, and manage research participants in U.S. protocols, including protocols executed at Department of Defense facilities. 
  11. Maintain licensure, credentialing, medical board certification and other certifications. 
  12. Understand and implement the concepts and best practices of ethical research per CITI, HIPAA, and Good Clinical Practice training standards.
  13. Assist with management and coordination of research activities and communication between study sites and MHRP leadership.
  14. Coordinate with other members of the MHRP to train, support, and supervise additional research activities and personnel as needed.
  15. Perform other assignments as assigned and required in support of the MHRP. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  

  • Knowledge and experience with the development and execution of clinical research programs, including knowledge of applicable U.S. regulations governing the conduct of medical research within the DoD and under the auspices of the FDA.
  • Thorough knowledge of clinical medicine and demonstrated clinical competence.
  • Laboratory experience in the field of HIV immunology or related fields.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully lead and/or participate as a member of complex, multidisciplinary research teams.
  • Ability to make effective presentations and publish research data. 


  • M.D. or equivalent degree.
  • Completion of medical specialty post-graduate training.
  • Medical specialty board eligibility or certification.
  • Advanced scientific degree, M.S. or Ph.D. in basic science such as immunology or virology preferred but not required.

Minimum Experience:  2 - 4 years of public health/clinical research.

Physical Capabilities:  

  • Position requires extended periods of standing and sitting.  
  • Incumbent must be able to travel domestically and internationally and provide support to clinical research activities in potentially austere environments (up to 20% travel time expected).

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Current licensure to practice medicine within the continental United States and specialty board certification/eligibility. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May supervise multidisciplinary contract staff.

Work Environment: Hospital, clinic or office environment and international field sites.

Background: 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.