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Postdoctoral Researcher - Pediatrics

Company: Henry M Jackson Foundation For The Advan
Location: Bethesda
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

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HJF is seeking a highly-motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to support vaccine design and identification of therapeutic targets for respiratory viral infections in the Department of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to the USU.

The Laboratory of Infectious Diseases and Host Defense, headed by Dr. Allison Malloy, is focused on defining age-dependent mucosal immune development in response to respiratory viral infection in order to improve vaccine design. This work seeks to design more precise vaccine approaches against respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, and SARS-CoV-2 by evaluating host determinants of susceptibility and protection. Through innovative flow cytometric techniques and technology, as well as transcriptomic analysis in murine models and human systems, we seek to discover the mechanisms used by antigen presenting cells to influence adaptive immunity and T cell subset differentiation with in the respiratory mucosal system. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher to explore the evolution of age-dependent interactions between the mucosal immune system and pathogens. The successful candidate will have expertise in dendritic cell engagement of T cells and the host-microbe interactions. Experience in immunology, virology, molecular biology, transcriptomics, and data analysis is preferred. The successful applicant will also have excellent oral and written communication skills and collaborative abilities, as we work with collaborators at NIH, which is across the street, the FDA, and the Naval Military Research Center. A PhD or MD/PhD is required.

Note, A personnel security background investigation is required. US Citizenship is not required.


Assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development.

Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.

Performs specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which involves specialized procedures.

Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed records of experiments.

Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.

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: Candidate will expertise in dendritic cell and T cell biology as well as host-microbe interactions. Experience in immunology, virology, molecular biology, flow cytometry and transcriptomics. Candidate will also have excellent oral and written skills as well as collaborative abilities.

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

Background/Security: Eligibility 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.

Qualifications Education Required

Doctorate (Professional) or better.

Experience Required

Less than 5 years: 0-5 years of experience required.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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