Postdoctoral Fellow

Updated: January 8, 2020
Job ID: 215270
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the leishmaniasis translational research program within the Department of Medicine located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services Department of Medicine. 

A particular emphasis will be studies of the host response to Leishmania infection using a rodent model as well as studying human subjects. Responsible for research and development in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff. Exercises technical discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies. Previous technical expertise/experience working with leishmaniasis and rodents is preferred. 


  1. Plans, conducts, and completes complex experiments as directed by the principal investigator. Assignments require the performance of complex laboratory tests, determinations, and analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches using both human and mouse samples.
  2. Performs in vitro and in vivo Leishmania infections, determining infection via histological, in vivo imaging, parasite culture, molecular and other approaches. 
  3. Analyzes host response to Leishmania infection or immunizations using histology, flow cytometry, Western blot, ELISA, cytokine analysis, molecular and other approaches. 
  4. Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed accurate records of experiments.
  5. Performs data analysis and ensures accuracy of tabulated data.
  6.  Prepares publication-quality figures and leads/ assists with the writing and editing of experimental results for presentation and publication in technical and peer-reviewed journals
  7. Assists with training laboratory staff as needed.
  8. Maintains cleanliness of laboratory areas, adheres fully to laboratory safety requirements.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Outstanding organizational abilities and attention to detail; good understanding of animal biology and molecular biology; strong written and verbal communication skills (English language); ability to interact in a professional manner with laboratory and University personnel. Experience with rodent handling, molecular biology techniques (e.g., PCR), flow cytometry, tissue culture, BSL-2/ABSL-2 procedures and prior leishmaniasis research experience is highly advantageous.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD in a related scientific discipline.

Minimum Experience:  0 - 2 years in a directly related research experience.  

Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of sitting and standing; handling of various chemicals and blood/tissues; working for extended periods with laboratory animals; handling and performing procedures on laboratory animals; working in high health-status barrier facilities wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: May provide guidance to laboratory staff.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment and laboratory animal facility; may involve working with biohazardous materials; may require working evenings and weekends. 

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.