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HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the research in developing functional cure strategies for HIV infection using the non-human primate model, and understand the mechanisms of viral pathogenesis and immunity to flaviviruses such as Zika and Dengue at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USU. Responsible for initiating and carrying out research projects in collaboration with a research team.
1. Assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development.
2. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.
3. Performs laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which will involve specialized procedures such as isolation of cells from blood and tissues of non-human primates infected with either Simian immunodeficiency virus or flaviviruses such as Zika and Dengue, other laboratory procedures such as multi-color flow cytometry, ELISA, ELISPOT assays, molecular analysis of specific RNA transcripts by quantitative RT-PCR, Quantitative viral load assays, immune response assays, DNA cloning and sequencing, microbiome analysis etc.
4. Collects and handles non-human primate samples and keeps detailed records of experiments.
5. Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.
6. Assists other students and postdoctoral researchers in various assays and with training laboratory staff as needed.
7. Maintains cleanliness of laboratory areas.
8. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of appropriate scientific area; ability to analyze and interpret data. Expertise in flow cytometric and molecular biology assays a plus.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD in a related scientific discipline
Minimum Experience: 0-2 years, 5 plus years preferred.
Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; intricate work with hands; carrying of light and moderately heavy laboratory equipment
Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: May provide guidance to laboratory staff
Work Environment: Laboratory environment; involves working with biohazardous materials such as non-human primate blood and tissues that are obtained from animals; may require working evenings and weekends. There is no direct contact with live animals.
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.