Laboratory Technician I, II or III (COVID-19) - Microbiology and Immunology - Military Veterans

at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Bethesda, Maryland

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Laboratory Technician I, II or III (COVID-19) to support the Mitre Laboratory within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology located at the Uniformed Services University (USU), in Bethesda Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

The incumbent will perform laboratory procedures to assist supervisors with experiments and to provide support in various areas as needed. The central project to be conducted relates to immune responses in a prospective SARS-CoV-2 seroconversion study. Other work in the laboratory focuses on allergic and parasitic diseases. This project is being conducted by a small group of researchers within a collegial atmosphere.

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. Transport human blood and saliva specimens by walking between two buildings on the campus.
  2. Process human blood samples, including purification of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, cryopreservation of serum and plasma, and purification of DNA and RNA.
  3. Performs immunological assays on human peripheral blood samples, including preparation for flow cytometery, in vitro culture, supernatant collection, and cytokine quantification by ELISA or Luminex-based assays.
  4. Maintenance of the lifecycle of Litomosoides sigmodontis, a parasitic roundworm of rodents. This life cycle includes both mammalian and insect hosts, and requires procurement of infective-stage larvae and quantification of both adult parasitic worms and circulating microfilariae in small mammals.
  5. Obtaining tissue samples of infected mammals for histological, immunological, and molecular studies.
  6. Performance of various assays and procedures with mouse studies, including assistance conducting mouse pulmonary function tests, inoculation of mice with parasitic worms or allergens, blood draws, cell culture, and ELISA.
  7. Responsibility for maintaining the cleanliness of the laboratory and organization of laboratory freezers and refrigerators.
  8. Maintenance of the laboratory chemical inventory and order routine supplies as well as maintaining order log.
  9. Keeping the lab in compliance with environmental health and animal care regulations.
  10. Detailed laboratory notes for specific research projects.
  11. 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: Professional knowledge in the principles and theories of microbiology and immunology as would have been obtained through a bachelor's degree in the field. Technical skill in laboratory techniques in the areas of molecular biology, immunology and/or cellular biology. Experience with animal handling, including injections, blood draws, euthanasia, and anatomic dissection.

Minimum Education:
  • Level I - Associates degree required.
  • Level II - Associates degree required.
  • Level III - Associates degree required. Bachelor's degree preferred.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements:
  • Level I - 0-2 years of work experience is required.
  • Level II - 3-5 years of work experience is required.
  • Level III - 6-8 years of work experience is required.

Work Arrangement: 100% on-site.

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.

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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