Postdoctoral Fellow

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Updated: March 14, 2019
Job ID: 214420
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow that is available immediately to participate in an inter-disciplinary research program on structural immunology within the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USU. 

USU is localized directly across the street from the NIH and is thus part of an extraordinarily vibrant local biomedical research community. Our research projects take advantage of excellent USU Core facilities that include Structural Biology and Imaging Core equipped with X-ray diffraction system for home data collection transmission electron and ultramicrotome microscopes. USU has a strongly collaborative environment, with weekly Immunology data club and journal club meetings, as well as regular research seminars featuring local and invited speakers.

The incumbent will be responsible for initiating and carrying out research projects in collaboration with a research team. Candidates are expected to work on ongoing research projects in structural biology aimed at understanding molecular basis of action of antibodies to HIV-1 with the ultimate goal of development of new protein-based therapeutics and novel vaccine concepts. Qualifications for the position include: strong research interest and experience in molecular cloning, protein expression, molecular interaction analyses, protein chemistry, and biophysical and structural techniques that should include X-ray crystallography or/and cryo-electron microscopy. A background in immunology or protein chemistry will be considered a strong plus. Candidates need to be highly motivated individuals who enjoy working as part of a young, dynamic, collaborative and multidisciplinary team. Qualified candidates should have a doctorate in in the field of Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics or Immunology. New Ph.D. graduates are highly encouraged to apply.


  1. Assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development.
  2. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.
  3. Performs specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which will involve specialized procedures such as DNA cloning and sequencing, protein purification, crystallization  of protein and protein complexes, X-Ray, Cry-EM data collection, structure solving, etc.
  4. Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed records of experiments.
  5. Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.
  6. Assists with training laboratory staff as needed.
  7. Maintains cleanliness of laboratory areas.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of appropriate scientific area; ability to analyze and interpret data

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD in a related scientific 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

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May provide guidance to laboratory staff

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment; may involve working with biohazardous materials; 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.