BioRepository Technician/Research Assistant I - Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch - Military Veterans

at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Rockville, Maryland

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HJF is seeking a BioRepository Technician/Research Assistant I to support the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB) within the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) located at the DCB office in Rockville, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DCB.

The incumbent's primary responsibility will be to perform specimen handling for long term archival storage, retrieval, inventory, and disposal activities; to prepare aliquots and/or specimens and related data for shipment/transfer to outside laboratories, collaborators, and investigators/Institutions. The incumbent will package and ship samples to US and International Laboratories for further testing as required by IRB-approved protocols. He/She will perform 100% verification of all incoming and outgoing shipments. The incumbent will perform tasks in the BioR in strict accordance with Biobanking Best Practices, (NIH and ISBER), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP), and accrediting agencies as required.

  1. Performs specimen handling for long term archival storage, retrieval, inventory, and disposal activities; prepares aliquots and/or specimens and related data for shipment/transfer to outside laboratories, collaborators, and investigators/institutions. (45%)
  2. Receives and verifies shipments, inventories Freezers, and documents the receipt of the shipments in accordance with SOPs. (30%)
  3. Performs specimen processing (serum, plasma, PBMC, leukopak) in support of IRB-approved clinical trials as needed when the facility receives a high number of specimens for processing. (10%)
  4. Visually inspects specimens for quality and documentation for data accuracy, and enters data into electronic specimen tracking systems, e.g, Freezerworks, LDMS, Global Trace, Q-Pulse. (10%)
  5. Works with Laboratory Management to mitigate risk and implement solutions leading to quality improvement of BioR workflow and activities. (5%)
  6. 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 standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow detailed instructions; good communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree is required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 0-2 years of relevant work experience is required.

Physical Capabilities: Must be able to stand and/or sit for lengthy periods to include, but not limited to processing of specimens, operation of instrumentation, and data analysis at a computer terminal.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust.

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.

Rockville, Maryland

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.

The not-for-profit Foundation is authorized by Congress to support research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and throughout military medicine. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. The Foundation’s support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and to accomplish their research goals effectively and efficiently.