Postdoctoral Researcher

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Updated: October 22, 2019
Job ID: 214784
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a highly-motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to support of the Department of Defense (DoD) - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Extremity Trauma & Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE). HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to the EACE.

The EACE is a one-of-a-kind organization within the DoD and VA consisting of teams of researchers embedded at the point of care within multiple Military Treatment Facilities across the nation. In line with the congressionally directed mission of the EACE, the research efforts undertaken focus on the mitigation, treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic extremity injuries and amputations with a specific focus on translating their findings into clinical practice to improve the care of injured Servicemembers and Veterans.

This Postdoctoral Researcher position is located within the EACE Regenerative Biosciences Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) & Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) located in Bethesda, Maryland. These world class institution offers a full suite of infrastructure and facilities which are ideally suited for a wide variety of research activities (i.e., bench to bedside). Importantly, the EACE USUHS/WRNMMC multidisciplinary team is comprised of basic and translational scientists of varying educational background, and clinicians from across the medical spectrum, which when taken together, provides a privileged perspective of the injury conditions that challenge wounded Servicemembers.

Within the Department of Surgery at USUHS/WRNMMC, the EACE Regenerative Biosciences Laboratory primarily focus on the development and evaluation of next generation regenerative medicine technologies for the treatment of combat related extremity trauma. In particular, in vitro approaches as well as clinically relevant small and large animal models of volumetric muscle loss, composite tissue injury, post traumatic osteoarthritis are utilized to generate the knowledge required to translate promising technologies into clinical practice.

Note, US Citizenship and a personnel security background investigation are required.


  1. Collects data appropriate to existing research protocol(s)
  2. Processes, analyzes, and interprets collected data
  3. Performs descriptive and inferential statistical analyses
  4. Prepares abstracts for professional conferences and/or manuscripts for publication in peer- reviewed scientific journals
  5. Participates in the design and submission of research proposals/grants
  6. Performs other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Experience in the fields of regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, cellular / molecular immunology, cell biology, or related fields is required. Proficiency with contemporary biomedical wet lab methodology and small and/or large animal models are also required. Specific research background in the area of extremity trauma is highly desired. A track record of publication and excellent technical writing skills are preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD from an accredited institution in bioengineering, immunology, cell biology, or a related field. 

Minimum Experience: 2 - 4 years of experience performing pre-clinical research.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; research animal handling.

Work Environment: The work environment is that of a biomedical wet laboratory in a DoD teaching and research university / hospital. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to quiet. Work is also performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heat and air conditioning.

Background: US Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold Department of Defense issued Secret Clearance.

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.