Silver Spring, Maryland

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant II to support the Infectious Diseases Directorate (IDD) located at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to IDD.

The incumbent will work with pre-clinical samples using humanized mouse models to assess potency and immunogenicity and support novel therapeutics and vaccine development.

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. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories, and logbooks
  2. Establishes and maintains databases for research projects
  3. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps laboratory area clean
  4. Prepares technical reports and summaries
  5. Provides quality control, trouble shooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  6. Cooperates with other lab members to have tasks accomplished
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Duties will include animal handling, surgical procedures, processing of animal samples and all data analysis. Experience and comfortability working with mice is required. Technical knowledge of scientific disciplines; knowledge in area of molecular biology or immunological assays are highly desired. Knowledge of laboratory techniques and safety procedures. Knowledge of standard laboratory equipment. Ability to follow basic instructions; good communication and analytical skills.

Job Specific Requirement:
  1. Minimum two-year experience working with laboratory mice including breeding, bio sampling and organ collection.
  2. Minimum two-year research experience in a research laboratory for performing PCRs, cell cultures, and/or immunological assays

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or molecular biology required.

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

Work Environment: This job takes place in a laboratory environment.

Work Arrangement: 100% on-site.

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.

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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