Postdoctoral Fellow

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Updated: May 21, 2019
Job ID: 214728
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB), Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences located at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to PMB. 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for initiating and carrying out research projects in collaborations with the Principal Investigator. This person will work with Dr. Sherrie Wilcox to study technology-based approaches for enhancing the social and behavioral health of military service members, veterans, and their families. Current efforts are focused on applying health behavior theories to avatar interactions and virtual reality to (1) improve the health of military family caregivers and injured service members and (2) enhance communication around intimacy in clinical settings.


  1. Assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development, including grant-writing and project management.
  2. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.
  3. Collects, analyzes, and interprets data using SPSS, SAS, or similar statistical analysis programs. Keeps detailed records of research projects.
  4. Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.
  5. Assists with developing and teaching a core coursework to graduate students. 
  6. Collaborates with the research team and department members on scientific research projects. 
  7. Engages with potential collaborators and assists with organizing and leading scientific research meetings. 
  8. Develops new technologies and protocols. 
  9. Problem-solve implementation-related barriers. 
  10. Participate in educational opportunities to advance knowledge in the areas of public health, military mental health, and social and behavioral sciences. 
  11. Assists with training and supervising research staff and students, as needed.
  12. Maintains cleanliness of laboratory and shared work environments. Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training. 
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of appropriate scientific area; ability to analyze and interpret data. Knowledge of virtual reality and/or mobile app programming helpful, but not required. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Ability to engage in self-directed learning. 

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  PhD in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Social Work, Health Promotion, or a related scientific discipline.Candidates with a terminal degree in Engineering, Computer Programming, and related scientific disciplines will also be considered. Evidence of a strong research background as reflected by scholarly presentations and/or publications, as well as other work experience is highly desired. 

Minimum Experience:  0-2 years of experience. 

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting; ability to carry 25 pounds. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May provide guidance to research staff. May mentor students and research staff. Reports to Dr. Wilcox. 

Travel: May require some travel to off-site locations and scientific meetings. 

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

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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.