Postdoctoral Fellow - 1 year project

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Updated: May 17, 2018
Job ID: 213268
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (for a one year project) to support research in the laboratory of Dr. Prasanna Satpute-Krishnan in the Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD.  HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to HJF. Responsible for carrying out research projects in collaboration with a research team aimed at understanding the molecular and cellular basis of protein quality control and protein misfolding diseases, using cutting-edge microscopy, genetic and biochemical techniques.



  • Design, plan and execute independent cell biological research projects, and keep detailed records of experimental procedures and results.
  • Develop and perform a broad range of laboratory techniques in pursuit of the research objective. Techniques include recombinant DNA methods such as molecular cloning, cell culture methods such as establishing stable cell lines and CRISPR, protein biochemistry methods such as immunofluorescence, immunoprecipitation, proximity-tagging, SDS-PAGE and western blot, and microscopy techniques including high resolution and super-resolution imaging.
  • Develop expertise in the protein quality control field and present work at lab meetings, departmental seminars, and at scientific meetings.
  • Draft scientific papers for publication.
  • Contribute to the research environment, including by creating new reagents for lab stocks, presenting research-related journal clubs or new techniques within lab meetings, participating in lab discussions, and helping maintain lab resources.
  • Play a key role in establishing and organizing a new lab (during the first year).
  • Assist in training other members of the lab and the department, as needed.
  • Perform communal lab-duties including maintaining cleanliness of laboratory areas.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Subject knowledge in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry or biophysics, as evidenced by publications in related peer-reviewed scientific journals. Competence in routine modern cellular and molecular biology techniques including mammalian cell culture, cell transfection, recombinant DNA technology, immunofluorescence, immunoprecipitation, immunoblotting and microscopy. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Ability to engage in self-directed learning.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  PhD in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics or related science degree.

Minimum Experience:  0-2 years

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; intricate work with hands; carrying of light and moderately heavy laboratory equipment

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May mentor students and laboratory staff.  Reports to Dr. Prasanna Satpute-Krishnan.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment. May involve working with biohazardous materials. May require working evenings and weekends.


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.