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Musculoskeletal Scientist I

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Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland

Join the HJF Team!
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 Musculoskeletal Scientist I to join a vibrant team of musculoskeletal researchers at the DoD-VA Extremity Trauma & Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE). The EACE Regenerative Biosciences Laboratory located within the Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University (USU) and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center conducts basic, translational, and clinical studies focused on the development and evaluation of next generation technologies for the treatment of traumatic extremity injuries. The overarching goal of these efforts is to generate the knowledge required to facilitate the translation of small molecules, orthobiologics, biomaterials, and cellular therapies into clinical practice.

The successful candidate will be experienced in the foundations of musculoskeletal biology and will work closely with Dr. Christopher Dearth (https://scholar.usuhs.edu/en/persons/christopher-dearth ) and Dr. Stephen Goldman (https://scholar.usuhs.edu/en/persons/stephen-goldman ) to establish a portfolio of basic and translational research focused on accelerating the recovery of U.S. Service members that have experienced acute and/or overuse soft tissue (e.g. skeletal muscle, ligaments, tendons) injuries in the course of training and/or combat exercises.

Applicants are expected to have a publication record supporting proficiency in physiological research pertaining to skeletal muscle, ligaments, and/or tendons. The requirements are to be met at time of hire. Applicants must list all of these qualifications (or if pending) on their CV.


  • Processes and interprets experimental data.
  • Formulates experimental hypotheses and designs experimental protocols.
  • Makes scientific observations, maintains detailed laboratory notebook, and ensures documentation fulfills generally accepted professional standards.
  • Contributes to new grant and funding applications as needed.
  • Prepares animal use protocols to be appropriately reviewed by the IACUC at USU.
  • Serves as a mentor to trainees, including residents, fellows, students and interns as needed.
  • Disseminates the results of research studies through preparation and submission of research manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals for publication and submission of research data for potential presentation at professional meetings.
  • Participates in the academic activities of the EACE, including discussing findings at weekly research meetings, attending monthly seminars, and engaging in collaborative research projects as appropriate.
  • May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the EACE leadership.
  • This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Desired 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 in collaboration with others.

Documented experience using the following techniques:

  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Flow Cytometry
  • RT-qPCR
  • Immunoassays
  • Western Blots
  • Cell & Tissue Culture
  • Histological and Immunohistochemical staining
  • Digital Image Analysis
  • Skeletal Muscle Electrophysiology
  • Documented experience of working with research animals
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Small/Large Animal Surgery
  • Animal Handling and Injections
  • Anesthetic Recovery


Work Environment:

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

Education and Experience:

  • Doctorate Degree required ideally in physiology, bioengineering, or an associated field.
  • Minimum of 2-5 years experience required. At least 3 years' experience working in the musculoskeletal research needed and previous Postdoctoral Fellow training.

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. 

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)

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