Bethesda, Maryland

Join the HJF Team !

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant I (COVID-19) to support the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Broder and Dr. Eric Laing within the Department of Microbiology located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Department of Microbiology.

Responsible for supporting ongoing research projects with will support the development of SARS-CoV-2 serological tools and serology testing related to COVID-19 infection and exposure in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Broder and Dr. Eric Laing in the Department of Microbiology. Performs research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects. Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff. Solves less complex problems in carrying out research projects in a clinical or laboratory environment.

Responsibilities:
  1. Performs research projects, including the collection and organization of data. Follows instructions and standard operating procedures. (50%)
  2. Performs data entry in accurate, timely, and efficient manner. Maintains clear and accurate data collection records and inventories in accordance with Good Clinical and/or Good Laboratory practices. (20%)
  3. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and ensures proper cleanliness and sanitation in accordance with Good Clinical and/or Good Laboratory practices. (20%)
  4. Creates, collects, disseminates, and maintains appropriate study data. (5%)
  5. Assists in the preparation of technical reports, summaries, and protocols. Creates and communicates detailed observations on experiments. (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: Perform microsphere-based multiplex immunoassays for SARS-CoV-2 serology testing. Assist in ELISA testing and serum neutralization testing at BSL-2. Assist in the evaluation, development of a serological assay covering a large diversity of coronavirids. Responsible for streamlining and maintenance of reagent inventories, and assist in maintenance and operation of Luminex-xMAP based multiplexing systems. Molecular biology techniques experience (i.e. - flow cytometry and western blots).

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree is required.

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

Work Environment: Set in a laboratory work environment.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust and a Common Access Card (CAC).

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.

Bethesda, 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.

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