Postdoctoral Fellow - Microbiology and Immunology USU - Bethesda, MD

Updated: April 10, 2020
Job ID: 215710
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the research in Dr. Kristi Frank’s Laboratory within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. 

The incumbent will be responsible for initiating and carrying out research projects in collaboration with a research team. The laboratory focuses on the pathogenesis of biofilm-associated infections caused by Enterococcus faecalis. The postdoctoral fellow will support research on molecular characterization of a membrane protease in biofilm formation and interactions with the host immune response. Previous experience in animal surgery is preferred.


  1. Assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development. (15%)
  2. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products. (15%)
  3. Performs specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which involves specialized procedures. (15%)
  4. Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed records of experiments. (15%)
  5. Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals. (10%)
  6. Performs specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols, which will involve specialized procedures such as DNA cloning and sequencing, protein extraction, Western blotting, RNA purification, quantitative RT-PCR, analysis of high throughput sequencing data, and animal injections. (30%)
  7. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of appropriate scientific area; ability to analyze and interpret data. Must be able to follow the scientific theory and perform experiments to develop, support and carry out the laboratory theories with very little oversight and direction.

Minimum Education: Doctoral degree in Microbiology or related scientific discipline required. 

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 0-5 years of relevant experience required. 

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.