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Updated: January 5, 2018
Job ID: 212809
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Scientist 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 conducting, developing and applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts in clinical translational research to advance HIV and non-HIV related disease screening, monitoring, diagnose and battlefield medicine. MHRP conducts research to develop an effective HIV vaccine and integrates prevention, diagnostics, treatment and monitoring as part of an international effort to protect US and Allied troops and reduce the impact of HIV infection worldwide. The position involves genetic characterization of HIV and non-HIV pathogen evolution during infection and vaccination.

The program is a part of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. The incumbent will work within a multidisciplinary environment consisting of military, government, academic, and international collaborators.


  1. Hypothesizes, plans, designs and conducts laboratory research on molecular characterization of pathogens that lead to high-impact scientific publications and supports major grant applications.
  2. Develops and performs specialized molecular biology techniques utilizing PCR and Next Generation Sequencing.
  3. Performs data analysis using bioinformatics and statistical programs, prepares graphical representation of data, prepares paper manuscripts, prepare scientific reports for funded projects, presents research data in-house meetings and at National and International scientific conferences.
  4. Publishes research finding on peer reviewed scientific journals.
  5. Prepares funding applications for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and/or for extramural grants including nonprofit organizations.
  6. Serves as a team member/advisor designing experiments
  7. Provides training and guidance to junior laboratory staff.
  8. Applies expertise and knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories to the research work being conducted.
  9.  Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel.
  10. Performs other duties and completes other projects as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  The incumbent should have an extensive knowledge of 1) laboratory organization and operation 2) Virology and Medical Microbiology 3) implementation of molecular biology assays with the focus on evolution of HIV and/or non-HIV pathogens 4) phylogenetic analysis of nucleotide and amino acid sequences in related to molecular epidemiology of HIV and/or non-HIV pathogen transmission networks, dynamic and evolution of pathogens during the course of infection. 

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  PhD in Chemistry or Molecular Biology or Biology related, and 2-4 years of experience in molecular biology of pathogens

Minimum Experience:  2-4 years in utilizing Next Generation Sequencing. Knowledge of Bioinformatics is highly preferable.

Physical Capabilities:  work involves long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals, and must be able to visually distinguish all visible colors.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  supervises technical support staff

Work Environment:  Ability to work in a Laminar Flow hood to handle infectious agents and study the performance of various assays and techniques. Fine motor coordination in manipulation of laboratory materials is essential. This position may require working with bio-hazardous materials, evening/weekend work and international travel, excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently. Ability to cope with a dynamic work environment is required.

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.