The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Research Associate II

Job Locations US-MD-Silver Spring
Military HIV Research Program
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Up to 5% of the time
Work Arrangements
Flexible Telework with Remote being a possibility


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.


This position will be in support of the Animals Models & Viral Persistence Section within the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP). Led by Dr. Diane Bolton, this section focuses on evaluating HIV vaccines and therapeutic interventions.  This includes measuring immune responses to vaccination and elucidating mechanisms of viral persistence during HIV/SIV infection. Her team explores the adaptive immune responses to prophylactic and therapeutic approaches to elucidate cellular and humoral correlates of protection.  Emphasis is placed on pre-clinical nonhuman primate animal models as well as clinical trials.


HJF is seeking a Research Associate II to perform research and/or development in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff. May exercise technical discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies. May provide limited guidance to lower-level Research Associates. This is the second of four levels within the Research Associate series.



  1. Performs routine data analysis and basic interpretation and verifies and corrects data entry.
  2. Trains junior laboratory staff in laboratory techniques and processes, as needed.
  3. Conducts research in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff.
  4. Performs complex laboratory tests, determinations, and analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches.
  5. Documents current or new procedures or protocols for sample selection, data collection, data processing, and/or statistical estimation.
  6. Analyzes and prepares reagent and/or assay product documentation. Organizes and procures needed reagents, performs experiments, analyzes data, and documents results.
  7. 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

  • Knowledge of complex laboratory procedures
  • ability to meet deadlines of projects
  • good communication and analytical skills.

Physical Capabilities Hiring Manager to Select one or all that apply; if none, delete this section

  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 10 lbs.


Work Environment

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

 Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree required
  • Research Associate II: Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience required


 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)


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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