Senior Scientist

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Updated: November 2, 2019
Job ID: 215244
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Senior Scientist to support the Wound Infections Department at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Wound Infections Department. 

The incumbent serves as the Principle Investigator and is responsible for independently conceiving and designing research projects of considerable complexity and difficulty.  Incumbent is the most senior level person working specifically on the project.


  1. Leads the development of ongoing performance of a robust program of laboratory research on the control of bacterial infections of military medical relevance. Generates project proposals to successfully compete for research funding from DoD and other sources.
  2. Performs and directs experiments to understand, prevent, and treat bacterial infections.
  3. Establishes productive collaborations with DoD and other investigators to form interdisciplinary teams sharing expertise and resources.
  4. Leads teams of peers, junior scientists, and technicians. Manages performance of research to achieve objectives of research proposals. Train and supervise technical/scientific staff.
  5. Manages budgets and timelines for research.
  6. Develops new protocols for projects.
  7. Maintains detailed knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.
  8. Makes major contributions to scientific literature and conferences.
  9. Serves as in-house and outside consultant.
  10. Coordinates the development of patent applications, if applicable.
  11. Completes other projects as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Medical microbiology and knowledge of applicable highly complex scientific procedures and techniques; excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others; experience in applied research that contributes to product development; research program development; ability to apply a broad range of skills relevant to biomedical research performance and management; flexibility in problem-solving approaches; professional interpersonal skills including supervision, teamwork, collaboration, and networking.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. in related scientific discipline or M.D. 

Minimum Experience: 6 to 10 years related research experience.

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

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Supervises technical and scientific staff.

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

Background: U.S. Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold a Security 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.