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Postdoctoral Fellow, Regenerative Medicine (US Citizenship required)
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland
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Date Posted August 22, 2019

Salary 1 -  
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support Regenerative Medicine Department at the at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NMRC. US Citizenship is required.

Functioning somewhat independently, the Research Post-Doctorate Fellow will assist in multiple research projects in the study of two related areas: 1:  in vivo modeling to recapitulate combat-related injuries and sequela in both small and large animals and 2: the development of cellular techniques and/or pharmaceutical treatment regimens to mitigate trauma-induced injury, encourage tissue repair, and/or enable composite tissue transplantation after combat injuries (e.g. burn, blast, amputation, other). He/she will assist in designing, organizing and conducting highly specialized and advanced experiments using established scientific protocols and procedures and in some cases help design new protocols; summarize findings and publish results in research journals; assist in the scientific operations of the laboratory; provide guidance to research assistants/technicians, junior researchers, students, and interns. This position provides a high level of exposure to a wide variety of experimental models, as well as a unique opportunity to learn advanced aspects of both fundamental and clinical research. Must be flexible with work schedule and able to work some nights and weekends.
Essential Job Duties:

  1. The employee will work with and under the supervision of the Scientific Director on translational research projects related to cell therapy and regenerative medicine.  
  2. Assist in the design and implementation of research protocols; assist in the design of safety procedures; adapt new procedures, methods or instrumentation relative to research procedures.
  3. Help oversee media preparation, animal maintenance and equipment maintenance; quality control analysis of reagents.
  4. Collect, prepare and analyze research data;  keep a detailed notebook summarizing experiments and recording research data;  maintain computer database of research data;  tabulate and display data for presentation in research conferences and for manuscript preparation;  use graphics and statistical software to analyze and present data.
  5. Assist the Scientific Director in supervising other personnel in the laboratory; participate in training of fellows, residents, students and volunteer workers as needed.
  6. Search pertinent scientific literature as needed.
  7. Assist with ordering and procurement of supplies and equipment and with general maintenance of laboratory.
  8. Assist in maintaining external research relationships to identify and develop new funding sources.
  9. Perform other assigned duties.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  1. Ability to effectively assist with projects in a translational research environment in order to successfully meet project goals;
  2. Ability to assist in designing and executing experiments, critically interpret experimental results, and present data in a cogent and meaningful manner.
  3. A track record of first-author peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals;
  4. Research  experience in bone cell biology/development, immuno-assay, biochemical and gene expression assay development including multi-analytic proteomic profiling, qRT-PCR, ELISA, mRNA isolation and quantification, cell culture and other basic cellular and molecular biology techniques (DNA isolation, protein  extraction, purification, northern, southern, dot and Western blots analysis etc.).
  5. Good working knowledge and hands-on experience with FAC-Sorting and Flow Cytometry assay development and related applications including ability to develop, run and analyze multicolor panels and assays. The incumbent will be expected to perform a wide variety of complex and highly specialized cell isolation, sorting, culture and processes, including but not limited to, tissue digestion, cell enrichment, dose allocation, cryopreservation, thawing, cell culture and expansion, cell differentiation, and related procedures for autologous and allogeneic cell products from non-human primates, swine and rat tissues.  
  6. Familiarity with SOPs as well as other standard research laboratory practices.
  7. Must be familiar with large and small animal post-operative care and have no reservations in conducting surgical procedures on mice, rats, and swine.
  8. Experience with experimental survival surgery will be an advantage.
  9. Excellent interpersonal, oral/written, and presentation communication skills.
  10. Must be flexible with work schedule and able to work long hours, as well as some nights and weekends.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements

•    A Ph.D. degree in life or biomedical sciences, or a related discipline is required;
•    Ability to obtain a DOD security clearance
•    Excellent cellular, molecular and statistical analysis skill sets
•    0-2 years of experience

Physical Capabilities:
Position involves exposure to chemicals, biological materials, rodents, swine and non-human primates in a laboratory setting.  Long periods of standing and/or walking may be required.

Assists in monitoring the work of junior staff to ensure that correct and safe laboratory procedures are followed; aids in completion of technical tasks and projects. May provide guidance to laboratory staff; help provide input to staffing of project teams to optimize efficiency. Makes sure the lab is well organized, clean and safe.

Work Environment:
Cellular and molecular biology research and development laboratory.


US Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold a Department of Defense issued Secret Clearance. Must be able to obtain a Department of Defense 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.  

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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