Updated: August 15, 2019
Job ID: 215103
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Scientist to support the Structural Vaccinology Laboratory at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Malaria Vaccine Branch (MVB) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MVB.

The incumbent shall act as the immunological expert and will be responsible for developing and supervising research projects leading up to clinical trials.  The incumbent will be responsible for immunological evaluation of vaccines in pre-clinical models (mice and Rhesus) and Phase I vaccine trials.  


  1. Formulate experimental hypotheses and designs experimental protocol for malaria vaccine products.  Coordinate and conduct animal testing, quality control, formulations and immunological assay development in support of the Structural Vaccinology Lab and Malaria Vaccine Branch. 
  2. Provide guidance on immunology, vaccine formulation, and vaccine down-selection studies.  Assist in research of novel immunological concepts.
  3. Produce laboratory protocols for immunological analysis of blood and liver stage vaccine products. Develops necessary new technologies and protocols.
  4. Independently plan and execute complex immunological studies in mice and Rhesus, with goal of leading to GMP produced malaria vaccine candidate and enable Phase I trials.  
  5. Perform and develop functional assays to determine the biological function of antibodies and to analyze the immune responses induced in animal studies.
  6. Prepares funding documents, written reports, manuscripts for submission to scientific journals, and patent applications.  
  7. Process and interpret experimental data.  Statistically analyze data and generate reports for communication and scientific papers.
  8. Interact with multiple WRAIR departments such as Entomology, Animal Facility, Flow Lab, Regulatory Services as well as outside funders and collaborators.
  9. Provide assistance and training to other lab members and technical staff.
  10.  Maintain a safe work environment, following and ensuring appropriate safety and occupational health rules and regulations. 
  11. Provide collaborative assistance to other Research Scientists that require the incumbent's expertise.
  12. Provide assistance to other lab members with all job-related matters including training of junior staff and preparing progress/technical reports.
  13. Maintain and operate government owned equipment.
  14. Attend laboratory meetings and safety training as required.
  15. Other tasks as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of applicable complex scientific procedures and techniques; excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others. Knowledge and experience of immunology techniques and assays.  

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Ph.D. in Immunology, Biology, Biomedical Science or related scientific discipline.  

Minimum Experience:  2 to 4 years related research experience.

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

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Supervises technical support staff.

Work Environment:  BSL-2 Laboratory environment; may require working evenings and weekends; may involve working with biohazardous materials.

Background: Must have lived in the US 3 out of the past 5 years; eligible to pass a NACI 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.