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Updated: July 19, 2019
Job ID: 215082
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Rockville, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is seeking an Epidemiologist to support the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP). The applicant will support epidemiology and program science with an emphasis on sexually transmitted infection (STI) multisite protocols.  These protocols are conducted by the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland and in Rockville, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to IDCRP. 

The IDCRP is a collaborative research effort with the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and we work closely with partners from NIAID and other NIH Institutes. Established at USUHS in 2005, this unique program aims to strengthen infectious disease clinical research in the US military. The IDCRP brings together a network of clinicians and research scientists at military treatment facilities and military bases who conduct observational and interventional research on a wide range of infectious diseases relevant to the military and the broader medical communities. IDCRP research protocols fall under one of seven research areas: acute respiratory infections, deployment and travel-associated infections, emerging infectious diseases/antimicrobial resistance, HIV infection, sexually transmitted infections, skin and soft tissue infections, and trauma-associated infections.

The IDCRP STI research program executes clinical research activities that address surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted disease of military relevance. Studies are conducted at multiple military healthcare facilities, as well as global research and surveillance sites.  The IDCRP STI Research Area develops and executes collaborative research which is (1) relevant to the DoD, (2) appropriate for the disease risk and burden of disease within the Department of Defense and, (3) supports the clinical research goals of our stakeholders, collaborators, and the global community. 

We are seeking a qualified scientist at the Master’s Degree level with training or experience in sexually transmitted infections research or surveillance, as well as experience in applied epidemiology or public health.  Prior experience in the conduct of observational research and disease surveillance, and excellent written/oral communication skills are important qualities.  The candidate will serve a supporting role in the development and execution of clinical research and surveillance protocols. 

JOB SUMMARY:  The candidate will be responsible for supporting STI clinical research protocols with an emphasis on multisite protocols conducted in military settings, including development and execution of new protocols, supporting development of standardized scientific SOPs for STI related protocols, reporting to funders and stakeholders, and assisting with analysis and preparation of manuscripts and other scientific deliverables. 


  1. Supports the development and execution of surveillance and clinical research protocols in the context of the STI Research Area (RA) scientific strategic plan;, including data analysis of ongoing research protocols. 
  2. Works with GC Reference Laboratory and Repository Director and Laboratory Manager to coordinate activities for GC surveillance across all foreign and domestic surveillance sites. Communicates regularly with laboratory staff, surveillance stakeholders, and scientific collaborators on the ongoing conduct of surveillance activities. Works with the GC Laboratory Manager to produce, maintain and distribute standardized procedure manuals for coordination of GC funded research and surveillance, and to report monthly, quarterly and other significant findings to the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) program and other stakeholders. 
  3. Participates in the submission of new research and surveillance protocols and amendments to organizations including the IDCRP, Institutional Review Boards (IRB), and others.
  4. Assists with clinical research activities.  Works with the Clinical Research Managers, Site PIs, Lead Coordinators, Site Managers, Data Coordination Center, Program Manager, and others to monitor and oversee scientific objectives for clinical research studies. 
  5. Prepares and presents research findings at conferences and contributes to publication in peer-reviewed medical journals.  
  6. Pursues and assists with opportunities for scientific collaborations and interfacing with scientific and funding organizations.
  7. Travels to existing or potential IDCRP study sites to fulfill protocol and program responsibilities including attending IDCRP, scientific, and other meetings.
  8. Travels to new and existing surveillance sites that partner with the GC Reference Laboratory and Repository to provide administrative and programmatic coordination support.
  9. Participates in IDCRP, departmental, and USU educational and service activities as appropriate.
  10. Performs other assignments as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of basic principles of clinical medicine and knowledge and proficiency in the conduct of clinical research; experience with managing epidemiologic data to include applied epidemiology and statistical analysis with relevant software packages; experience in the design, conduct and reporting related to disease surveillance systems; experience in the design, conduct and reporting of observational studies in clinical research;  ability to communicate effectively in written/oral form; demonstrated record of presentation and publication of clinical research findings in meetings and medical journals preferred;  knowledgeable and/or experienced with research conduct and clinical care in the DoD setting preferred; prior military service preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  M.A., M.S., MPH or related degree.

Minimum Experience:  2 - 4 years of research experience. Training in microbiology, infectious disease epidemiology, or clinical public health practice preferably with some post-education experience in clinical science and/or public health practice related to infectious disease.

Physical Capabilities:  Standing and sitting. Able to meet travel requirements to support clinical research in potentially austere environments as required. 

Work Environment:  Hospital, clinic or office environment.

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

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Dr. Eric Garges, eric.garges@usuhs.edu, Director, STI Research Area, Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program. 

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.