Staff Scientist (Malaria)

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Updated: July 18, 2018
Job ID: 214109
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Staff Scientist to support the pre-clinical research laboratory in the Military Malaria Vaccine development Program at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Military Malaria Vaccine development Program.

The incumbent is responsible for development of humanized mouse models with a human immune system (HIS). 


  1. The applicant will use expertise in handling transgenic/KO humanized mouse colonies including but not limited to breeding, weaning, and applying PCR and FACS techniques for genotyping of mice. Experience in mouse colony management and genotyping techniques is required.  Extensive experience in PCR and flow cytometry for genotyping mice is required. 
  2. Generation and characterization of fully human monoclonal antibodies (humAbs). The applicant will use their expertise in immunological techniques like ELISA, ELISPOT, IFA and in vitro cell and tissue culture to develop fully human monoclonal antibodies using human B cells from HIS mice.
  3. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data.  Exercises technical discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments.  Makes detailed observations about experiments.  Provides data analysis and interpretation
  4. Prepares and writes technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  5. Trains and supervises technical staff, interns, high school students, and college students and visiting scientist as required.
  6. Coordinates with other technical and professional staff.
  7. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  8. Establishes and maintains databases for research projects.
  9. Prepares funding documents, written reports, manuscripts for submission to scientific journals, and patent applications.
  10. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures.  Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel.  Provides leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  11. Provides quality control, trouble shooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  12. Provides collaborative assistance to other Research Scientists that require the incumbent's expertise.
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.
  14. Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel. 

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

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, performing several hours of insect dissection under a microscope

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Supervises technical support staff

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment; may require working evenings and weekends; may involve working with parasites and bio hazardous materials

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

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 Chief Human Resources Officer.