Research Scientist (Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department)

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Updated: May 30, 2019
Job ID: 214439
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Scientist to support the Immunology Program of the Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department (VRDD), Infectious Diseases Directorate located at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to VRDD. Responsible for initiating and carrying out research projects in collaboration with the research team. 


  1. Designs, develops, executes, and implements scientific research and/or development.
  2. Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed records of experiments.
  3. Develops necessary new technologies and protocols.
  4. Processes and interprets experimental data.
  5. Trains and supervises technical staff.
  6. Coordinates with other technical and professional staff.
  7. Prepares funding documents, written reports, manuscripts for submission to scientific journals, presentations for scientific meetings, and patent applications.
  8. Performs highly skilled and specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which will involve specialized procedures including: molecular assays such as RNA extraction, molecular analysis of specific RNA transcripts by quantitative RT-PCR analysis, and viral viremia determination; animal handling techniques including animal injections, animal bio-sampling, and animal immunizations; familiarity with flow cytometry systems; familiarity with immunological assays such as ELISA, ELISpot, Luminex, and T and B cell sub-setting;  and hybridoma technology.
  9. Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel.  
  10. Provides collaborative assistance to other Research Scientists that require the incumbent's expertise.
  11. Completes other projects as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of applicable complex scientific procedures and techniques; ability to analyze and interpret data; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD in immunology, virology, microbiology, or related discipline.

Minimum Experience:  0 to 2 years related research experience; 2+ years of small animal handling experience.

Physical Capabilities: Work involves long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Supervises technical support staff.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment; may require working evenings and weekends; may involve working with biohazardous 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.