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

Scientist I - Statistical Geneticist (hybrid)

Job Locations US-MD-Bethesda
Medical and Clinical Psychology
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Work Arrangements
Hybrid work environment


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. 


The Scientist I will work with multiple phenotypic, genomic, and neuroimaging large datasets including the dbGaP, Million Veterans Program (MVP), All of Us, UK Biobank, Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, and others. The Scientist will have the opportunity to lead impactful manuscripts and travel to national and international conferences to present work. There will also be opportunities for attendance of statistical genomics training workshops. Our lab prioritizes professional growth


This position will be in support of the Clinical Neuroscience of Psychopathology (CNP) lab in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD supporting Dr. Joshua Gray The Scientist I will work on studies that aim to elucidate the genetic and neurobiological basis of alcohol use, addiction, impulsivity, and other psychopathology. This research includes collaborations with principal investigators from the University of Pennsylvania, the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and Yale University. The ideal candidate will have strong computational and analytic skills and a passion for psychiatric genetics and addictions research. This is a hybrid work arrangement. 


Note: This work site requires that Non-US Citizen incumbents have lived in the US three out of the past five years. 


  • Plans, executes, and oversees research projects.
  • Assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development; includes working on pheWAS, GWAS, whole genome association studies, protein-protein interaction and other genomic and bioinformatic analyses.
  • Monitors scientific literature. Prepares written reports and manuscripts for submission to scientific journals.
  • Prepares and develops methods, results, and syntax.
  • Prepares data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals. 
  • Coordinates and prepares new grant and funding applications.
  • Collaborates with other technical and professional staff. Trains and supervises technical staff.
  • Oversee the preparation of technical reports, summaries, study protocols, and IRB submissions.
  • 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 appropriate scientific area; ability to analyze and interpret data.
  • Experience/skills in data management, working in a research lab, communicating effectively both orally and in writing, and working in a team setting.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Candidates with skills in data management and analysis (R, Python), computer science (R, Python, Linux) and statistical genetics (GWAS, pheWAS, WGS, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • A strong interest and willingness to learn some of these skills may be acceptable as well. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Assigned Lead: May recommend the following: employee hiring, disciplinary action, and starting salaries; provide input on employee performance evaluations.


Work Environment  

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

Education and Experience 

  • Doctorate Degree required.
  • Minimum of 2-5 years experience required.

Some positions or sites may require that the incumbent be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination may 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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