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Postdoctoral Fellow (Brain Injury Research) - Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics
Henry M. Jackson Foundation in Southern Md Facility, Maryland
Date Posted 07/25/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Join the HJF Team !

HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics Department (APG) located at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (UHUHS) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to APG.

The postdoctoral fellow will perform the animal models of traumatic brain injury and various molecular, biochemical, histological and behavioural experiments. The molecular mechanisms underlying the posttraumatic headache attributed to mild traumatic brain injury will be investigated and pharmacological and genetic intervention of the endocannabinoid system in the treatment of posttraumatic headache will be examined.


  • Performs TBI surgery and various behavioral assessments including locomotor, somatosensory, anxiety, depression and learning and memory tests. (35%)
  • Performs PCR, western blot, immunohistochemistry, transcriptomics and proteomics experiments. (35%)
  • Analyzes data and writes manuscripts for publication in scientific journals. (10%)
  • Assists with grant writing and data presentation at scientific meetings. (10%)
  • Assists other projects and performs routine duties in the laboratory. (10%)
  • 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: The incumbent must have a PhD degree, and have a research experience in the field of neuroscience and particularly the area of neurotrauma. Expertise with animal models of traumatic brain injury and neuropathic pain with a variety of techniques including histopathology, immunohistochemistry, neuroimaging, molecular analysis of therapeutic targets, and relevant behavioral assessments are required.  Previous research experience on pain assessments, neuroinflammation, demyelination, axonal injury and repair are highly desirable. 

    Minimum Education: Doctoral degree is required.

    Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: Minimum of 0-5 years of experience required for this position.

    Work Environment: Set in a laboratory work setting.

    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.

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