Staff Scientist

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Updated: July 4, 2018
Job ID: 213145
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Staff Scientist to support the infectious disease research programs within the Division of Tropical Public Health at the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to USU. The incumbent is responsible for developing and supervising research projects and investigating the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problems.



  1. Formulates experimental hypotheses and designs experimental protocol.
  2. Develops necessary new technologies and protocols.
  3. Processes, interprets and analyzes experimental data.
  4. Trains and supervises technical staff.
  5. Coordinates with other technical and professional staff.
  6. Prepares funding documents, written reports, presentations and manuscripts for submission to research funders, scientific journals, conferences and patent applications.
  7. Develops, prepares, and submits grant proposals to intramural and extramural agencies to fund divisional research objectives.
  8. Coordinates and manages journal clubs, laboratory meetings, and participation in departmental seminars.
  9. Maintains laboratory equipment and leads the maintenance of laboratory acquisition, safety and management.
  10. Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel. 
  11. Provides collaborative assistance to other Research Scientists that require the incumbent's expertise.
  12. Completes other projects as needed.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of applicable complex scientific procedures and techniques; excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others. Specific knowledge in molecular epidemiology and tropical infectious protozoal diseases, with skills in molecular biology (both DNA and RNA work), vaccine immunology, assay development, flow cytometry, and parasite and vector culture, including insectary setup experience, vector dissection and aseptic tissue culture.  Experience with protocol development and animal models desirable. Prior demonstrable experience with demonstrable experience with data collection, organizing, analyzing and summarizing for detailed reports and research papers and data presentation. Experience with quality control, quality assurance and documentation desirable. Successful experience in mentoring and training technicians, post-baccalaureate and undergraduate students.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  PhD in related scientific discipline

Minimum Experience:  2 to 4 years related research experience

Physical Capabilities:  Work involves long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Supervises technical support staff

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment; may require working evenings and weekends; may involve working with biohazardous materials


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.