Postdoctoral Fellow (Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department)

Updated: February 7, 2020
Job ID: 215549
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department located at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department. US Citizenship is required for this position. Although this position is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, it may require somewhat frequent travel to Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.

The primary mission of the Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department (VRDD) is to develop vaccines and therapeutics against viral and rickettsial diseases of military importance to aid military personnel in preventing and treating these diseases.  The Department also conducts viral and rickettsial disease surveillance, and develops field-deployable diagnostic assays to aid military medical personnel in preventing, mitigating and diagnosing these diseases under military operational conditions.  The Department is divided into two divisions.  Because of the historic and current military impacts, the primary focus of the Viral Diseases Division is on the development of a vaccine to prevent dengue fever; the main objective of the Rickettsial Diseases Division is to develop a scrub typhus vaccine.

This individual will use a combination of molecular biology and immunology to characterize the host response to Orientia tsutsugamushi infection in animal models and cell culture. Preference will be given to individuals with experience handling small rodents. This individual will also be involved in studies with Rickettsia spp. to improve detection and diagnostic methods. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and eligible for a secret clearance. Salary for the position will be based on experience. The start date for this position is flexible, but the intent is to fill the position as soon as possible.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Experience with animal handling (mice) and cell culture. Prior experience with handling/culturing of rickettsial (or similar) agents is highly desirable.  Experience working in biosafety level 3 laboratories is desired, but not required.

Minimum Education: PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, Parasitology, or a related field.

Minimum Experience: 0 to 2 years of experience
Physical Capabilities: long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals; capable of using N95 respirator or PAPR

Supervisory Responsibilities:  May supervise graduate students and/or research assistants.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment and up to Biosafety Level 3 (Biological Select Agents and Toxins). Although this position is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, it may require somewhat frequent travel to Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.

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