Molecular Biologist - US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine

Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
Bath Township, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 14, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Molecular Biologist (PI) to support the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) in the Applied Technology and Genomics Center (PHT), located at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USAFSAM. US citizenship required.

Using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology, the PI will lead the transition of laboratory-based pathogen detection knowledge into a field ready system to aide in outbreak preparedness and response. The study aims to expand and improve field-based pathogen surveillance, detection, and diagnostic screening capabilities to first responders of outbreaks of known, new and emerging diseases. Supervises projects and investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products, and problems. Develops new technologies and protocols.


  • Lead, plan, organize and conduct scientific project(s) involving design and development of new or improved product and/or processes. Reviews progress and defines project priorities, schedules and objectives. (30%)
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of molecular biology to refine existing and develop new assays for DNA and RNA analyses, including genome-wide and targeted approaches. Identify opportunities for new program initiatives and follow-on tasking for current projects and participate in proposal efforts. (30%)
  • Optimize pre-analytical protocols and workflows, including sample collection, extraction, and quantitation. Collaborate with laboratory members to transition development protocols into non-clinical production, including design of validation experiments and SOP development. (20%)
  • Make major contributions to scientific literature through publishing peer review journal articles and presenting at conferences. Complete required status reports and participate in technical discussions. Prepares and assists others in the development of status reports, letters, proposals, technical analyses or other outputs needed. (10%)
  • Oversee validation workflow, SOP development, and the submission of all regulatory documentation necessary to support project efforts. (5%)
  • Completes other duties as assigned. (5%)
  • 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 using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology required, MinION or MiSeq sequencers is strongly desired; Knowledge of applicable complex scientific procedures and techniques; Excellent communication skills; Ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; Ability to work independently and supervise others; Laboratory benchmark and scientific writing experience; background in genomics, molecular biology and/or microbiology.

    Minimum Education: Doctoral degree in Molecular Biology, Microbiology or related field is required.

    Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 8-10 years of relevant work experience required.

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

    About Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine:

    HJF is a 501(c)(3) 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.