Scientist I - Infectious Diseases Directorate

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HJF is seeking a Scientist I to support theInfectious Diseases Directorate (IDD)located at the Naval Medical Research Centerin Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to IDD. U.S. citizenship required.

The incumbent will develop and conducts research project to support novel therapeutics and vaccine development. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products, and problems. Develops new technologies and protocols.

  1. Formulate experimental hypotheses and design experimental protocols for novel malaria, viral and bacterial immunotherapeutic development, develop and characterize human monoclonal antibodies using humanized mouse models and test their prophylactic and therapeutic efficiency in animal models.
  2. Provide guidance on immunology, formulation, and down-selection studies. Assist in research of novel immunological concepts.
  3. Produce laboratory protocols for immunological analysis to develop fully human monoclonal antibodies using human B cells from HIS mice. Develops necessary new technologies and protocols.
  4. Independently plan and execute complex immunological studies in mice, with goal of leading to GMP produced malaria product and enable Phase I trials.
  5. Perform and develop functional assays to determine the biological function of antibodies and to analyze the immune responses induced in animal studies.
  6. Prepares funding documents, written reports, manuscripts for submission to scientific journals, and patent applications.
  7. Process and interpret experimental data. Statistically analyze data and generate reports for communication and scientific papers.
  8. Interact with multiple departments as well as outside funders and collaborators.
  9. Provide assistance and training to other lab members and technical staff.
  10. Maintain a safe work environment, following and ensuring appropriate safety and occupational health rules and regulations.
  11. Provide collaborative assistance to other Research Scientists that require the incumbent's expertise.
  12. Provide assistance to other lab members with all job-related matters including training of junior staff and preparing progress/technical reports.
  13. Maintain and operate government owned equipment.
  14. Attend laboratory meetings and safety training as required.
  15. Other tasks as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of applicable complex scientific procedures and techniques; excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others. Experience in molecular biology, animal work and immunological assays preferred.

Minimum Education:Doctoral degree in molecular biology required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements:Minimum 2-5 years of experience required for this position.

Supervisory Responsibilities:May recommend the following: employee hiring, disciplinary action, and starting salaries; provide input on employee performance evaluations.

Work Environment:This position takes place in a laboratory environment.

Background/Security: U.S. citizenship required; eligible to obtain and maintain a Tier III Investigation/ Secret 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.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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