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Postdoctoral Fellow - Blast Traumatic Brain Injury - Pharmacology

Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Bethesda, Maryland
To be discussed with the recruitment team.
Closing date
Oct 21, 2023

Job Details

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing military medicine. We serve military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF's support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals.


HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the laboratory of Dr. Aviva Symes with the Department of Pharmacology, located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. 


The incumbent will be part of a Department of Defense (DoD) funded project to study molecular mechanisms of blast injury on IPSC derived 3D-brain like cultures and animal models. Using advanced imaging and biochemical and genetic techniques, the project seeks to identify novel pathways and potential biomarkers for blast injury to the brain. The broad interests of the laboratory are the study of neuroinflammatory signaling after different forms of traumatic brain injury and the development of therapeutics and biomarkers to improve recovery.

USU is the federal military medical university in the suburbs of Washington DC. We are located on the grounds of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, across the road from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The incumbent will be hired by HJF. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USU.

Note: This work site requires that Non-US Citizen incumbents have lived in the US three out of the past five years. 


  • Assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development.
  • Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.
  • Performs specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which involves specialized procedures such as tissue culture, RNA isolation, molecular analysis of specific RNA transcripts by quantitative RT-PCR, biochemical assays, and western blotting.
  • Performs small animal surgeries, husbandry, and behavioral experiments to determine efficacy of therapeutics.
  • Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed records of experiments.
  • Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.
  • 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

  • Experience with tissue culture (particularly iPSCs), biochemical and molecular biology techniques.
  • Experience working with rodents is preferred.
  • Highly motivated to perform cutting edge, independent research.


Work Environment

  • This position will take place primarily in a laboratory setting. 

Education and Experience

  • Doctoral degree in molecular or cellular biology, neuroscience or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 0-5 years experience required.

Some positions or sites may require that the incumbent be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination may be required.


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, education and credentials, a criminal background check, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check if applicable. 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)


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


HJF administers innovative medical research, supports education and training, and facilitates collaborations between the military and private medical communities. We provide comprehensive management and scientific services for more than 1,000 basic, clinical and applied research projects conducted around the globe. We also support continuing medical education programs for more than 160 military medical research and treatment facilities, and military medical organizations.

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