Silver Spring, Maryland

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HJF is seeking a Research Associate II to support the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP.

The incumbent will be responsible for conducting, developing and applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts in clinical translational research to advance HIV and non-HIV related disease screening, monitoring, and battlefield medicine. MHRP conducts research to develop an effective HIV vaccine and integrates prevention, diagnostics, treatment and monitoring as part of an international effort to protect US and Allied troops and reduce the impact of HIV infection worldwide. The position involves genetic characterization of HIV and non-HIV pathogen evolution during infection and therapy.

NOTE: As a U.S. Government contractor, all HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

  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:
  • Conducts laboratory research on molecular characterization of pathogens that lead to high-impact scientific publications and supports major grant applications.
  • Develops and performs specialized molecular biology techniques utilizing PCR, Sanger/Next Generation Sequencing, Genetic engineering and cloning.
  • Performs data analysis using bioinformatics and statistical programs, prepares graphical representation of data, assists in preparing paper manuscripts, scientific reports for funded projects, and presents research data at in-house meetings and at National and International scientific conferences.
  • Assists in publishing research finding on peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Assists in the preparation of funding applications for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and/or for extramural grants including nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves as a team member/advisor designing experiments.
  • Applies expertise and knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories to the research work being conducted.

Minimum Education: Master's degree in molecular biology or virology required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 3-5 years of relevant work experience required.

Work Environment:Set in a laboratory work environment.

Work Arrangement: 3-4 days a week on-site and telework the other days during the pandemic.

Background/Security: Must have lived in the U.S. 3 out of the past 5 years; eligible 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.

Silver Spring, 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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