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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Scientist I - (Traumatic Brain Injury, Translational Therapeutics, Sleep) – CNRM



Full Time

On Site


Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Scientist I to support the Translational Therapeutics Core at the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

This position is responsible for developing and carrying out research projects, under the direction of Dr. Regina Armstrong, Chair of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics within the School of Medicine. Develops and conducts research projects conduct in experimental models to screen therapies for sleep disorders and other persistent symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and related clinical conditions under the direction of Dr. Regina Armstrong. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products, and problems. Develops new technologies and protocols.

Our research team values a collaborative environment and multi-disciplinary research. We are testing the potential repurposing of therapeutics to TBI as a new indication. Strong applicants will be able to bring expertise in electrophysiology and sleep behavior to complement our ongoing behavioral, neuropathological, biomarker, and neuroimaging studies on therapeutics to mitigate late stage effects of stress and repetitive TBI.

NOTE: As per Executive Order 14042, all HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.


  1. Formulates experimental hypotheses, designs, and executes experimental protocols. (25%)
  2. Makes scientific observations, maintains detailed workbooks/documentation, and ensures documentation fulfills generally accepted professional/industry standards. Analyzes and interprets experimental data, including statistical analyses. (25%)
  3. Coordinates and contributes to new grant and funding applications. (5%)
  4. Trains and supervises laboratory technicians, as needed. (15%)
  5. Prepares written reports and manuscripts for submission to scientific journals. (5%)
  6. Performs highly skilled and specialized laboratory research techniques, such as sleep behavior studies using electrophysiological (EEG/EMG) studies and stereotaxic surgery. (25%)
  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 applicable complex scientific procedures and techniques; excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others. Experience with sleep studies or electrophysiology (EEG/EMG or other forms) required.

Minimum Education: Doctorate or equivalent degree required for this position. Preferred field of study is Neuroscience or related disciplines.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: Minimum of 2-5 years 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 requires interaction with rodents on a regular basis to conduct research.

Work Arrangement: Mainly on-site with a few hours of telework available.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust and a Common Access Card (CAC).

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.