The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF)
Job Location
Fairfax, VA
Job Description

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is seeking a Postdoctoral (210517) for the Gynecologic Cancer Translation Research Center of Excellence (GYN-COE) Program located at the Women’s Health Integrated Research Center at Inova Health System in Fairfax, Virginia to contribute to gynecologic cancer biomarker research using advanced techniques in mass spectrometry and quantitative proteomics. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to GYN-COE.

The projects are specifically aimed at development and application high resolution mass spectrometric techniques for differential identification of gynecologic cancer biomarkers from tissue biopsies, proximal fluids and serum collected from cancers of the uterus, ovary and fallopian tube using stable isotope labeled and label-free quantitative proteomics, including the use of data-dependent and data-independent acquisition techniques. The projects will involve technical developments in mass spectrometry toward improved analytical precision and throughput for assay of these clinical samples using mass spectrometry. 


1. Sample preparation for proteomics to include extraction of proteins from cells, serum protein depletion, protein separation, digestion and desalting.

2. Operation of nanoflow high performance liquid chromatographs.

3. Operation of high resolution mass spectrometers.

4. Development and standardization of high throughput proteomic workflows.

5. Proteomic data analysis and interpretation.

6. Validation of proteomic results by biochemical methods.

7. Preparation of scientific reports and manuscripts.

8. Presentation of scientific results at GYN-COE group meetings and national conferences.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  A strong record of research accomplishments and publications, the ability to work in a team environment, excellent oral and written communications skills in English, presentations of scientific results at national meetings and their publication in peer-reviewed journals are required. Required skills include demonstrated experience in conducting nanoscale liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, laser capture microdissection, proteomic sample preparation and post-acquisition proteomic bioinformatics analysis. Previous work in molecular biology, cell biology, or biochemistry is highly desired.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:   Ph.D. in the biological or physical science

Minimum Experience:  1-2 years of experience

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting; intricate work with hands; carrying of light and moderately heavy laboratory equipment

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May provide guidance to laboratory staff

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment; may involve working with bio hazardous materials; may require working evenings and weekends

How to Apply

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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About Our Organization

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global organization dedicated to advancing military medical research. 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.

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