Postdoctoral Fellow

Updated: June 25, 2018
Job ID: 213349
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead scientific and programmatic roles for a novel study in the human genetic influences for severe drug reactions phenotypes. The fellow will support the Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program (CHIRP) within The American Genome Center at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Department of Anatomy Physiology & Genetics in Bethesda, Maryland. This opportunity offers interaction at the CHIRP in advancement of the NIH's National Institute of Health's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) through exploring studies of relevance to genornic medicine within U.S. Department of Defense. The fellow will be responsible for designing, initiating and carrying out integrated research project tasks in collaboration with an expansive research team of associates and bioinformaticians.


  1. Leads and assists in designing, developing, validating, and implementing scientific research tasks in genomics and transcriptomics biomedical research.
  2. Reviews and integrates scientific literature and methodologies to improve interpretation and investigative components for human genetic association research tasks in this study.
  3. Performs high-throughput laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols, which will involve specialized procedures such as sequencing library preparation, quality control of high complexity molecular samples, whole genome and comprehensive transcriptome sequencing and analysis.
  4. Perform accurate project and samples tracking, provides real-time status updates on project milestones and outcomes and keeps detailed records of experiments.
  5. Assists and presents interpreted data at laboratory data meetings, university seminars, and scientific meetings and for publication in journals.
  6. Assists with training junior laboratory personnel as needed.
  7. Maintenance of laboratory areas and equipment.
  8. Performs regulatory and safety compliance training.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of cellular and molecular biology principles and methodologies. Understanding of genomics-transcriptomics applications and technologies. Ability to analyze medium-scale datasets with understanding of key statistical principles and tests. Ability to generate interpreted results by text and graphical software.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD in a related scientific biomedical research discipline

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 and supplies.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: May provide guidance and lead tasks for assigned laboratory technicians

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.