Postdoctoral Fellow

Updated: January 14, 2020
Job ID: 215608
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking Postdoctoral Fellow to support the Department of Biochemistry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USU.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellows to study mitochondrial dynamics and biogenesis in Drosophila in the laboratory of Dr. Rachel Cox. This position will require Drosophila genetics, immunostaining, confocal microscopy and bioinformatics.


  1. Design and performs laboratory experiments, including collection and organization of data as well as troubleshooting.  Makes detailed observations about  experiments.  
  2. Provides data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Prepares technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  4. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  5. Performs data entry for research projects, and maintains databases.
  6. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures.  

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Possess a strong background and track record in biochemistry and molecular biology, possess a strong background in cellular biology, possess basic microscopy training, ability to be proactive and productive, ability to communicate effectively, be self-motivated, have demonstrated their ability to work independently.

Minimum Education: PhD in a scientific discipline.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 0 to 2 years of laboratory experience.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment.

Background/Security: 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.