Postdoctoral Fellow (Center for Prostate Disease Research)

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Updated: December 7, 2018
Job ID: 214252
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Rockville, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow with strong career interests in cancer genomics/cancer biology for the Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR) located in Rockville, MD.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CPDR.  

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Science (USUHS) - CPDR is an Integrated Translational Prostate Disease Research Center with a comprehensive inter-disciplinary research program to study prostate diseases in the tri-service military health care system with key collaborating partners at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and the Joint Pathology Center (JPC).  The CPDR was established in 1991 by the United States Congress and has developed comprehensive bio-specimen banks and multi-center patient database.  The collaborative expertise and resources of the clinical and basic science researchers of the Center has led to groundbreaking discoveries that are improving early detection, prognosis and the treatments for prostate diseases. These achievements have propelled its reputation as one of the leading prostate disease research centers in the nation.


  1. Design, develop and execute research on cancer genetics in support of CPDR projects, focusing on the molecular basis of renal medullary carcinoma.
  2. Perform independent molecular and cell biology experiments, which may include but not limited to the isolation of DNA and RNA from human specimens (including frozen and FFPE tissue) and the preparation of sequencing libraries for genomic, and transcriptomic profiling according to established protocols.
  3. Apply current bioinformatics approaches for analysis of genomic data  to identify and characterize novel genomic alterations that contribute to renal medullary carcinoma
  4. Collaborate with bioinformaticians and biologists to design and execute experiments in cell culture and animal models to validate the function of novel genomic alterations.
  5. Excellent communication and organizational skills.  Communicate study results to project leader and project team, including proposals for further experiments to validate key findings.  Must be self-motivated, able to work independently and as an integral member of the scientific team in a multi-disciplinary bio-medical research setting.  
  6. Strictly adhere to CPDR Standard Operating Procedures including keeping and maintaining accurate and detailed electronic records of all research and experiments performed, electronic inventories and central repositories.  
  7. Provide data analysis, explanations and alternatives in a timely manner. The incumbent may need to provide crucial experimental information upon request by the project leader.
  8. Perform other tasks and duties related to the multi-disciplinary research team as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Strong knowledge and hands on experience in cancer genetics, molecular and cell biology; ability to analyze and interpret data and bring new ideas and technology; ability to draft manuscripts.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Ph.D. degree obtained within the past 5 years in cancer genetics, cancer biology, molecular and cell biology or related scientific discipline. Strong track record of relevant publications.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of experience with related experiments in cancer genetics, cancer biology, molecular and cell biology or related scientific discipline. Experience in genomics technologies, including next generation sequencing and computational genomics will be desirable.

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

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May provide guidance to research assistants, under-graduate, or graduate students.

Work Environment:  The research environment at USUHS-CPDR   is diverse with many opportunities to establish collaborations and interactions with scientists.  We are committed to scientific excellence, diversity, and to providing mentorship for professional growth.  Laboratory environment may involve working with bio-hazardous materials and may require working evenings and weekends.

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.