Silver Spring, Maryland

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

The Lab of Integrative Multiomics in the US Military HIV Research Program is looking for Research Associate with a strong molecular biology background. Hands on experience extracting RNA/DNA, cDNA synthesis, and library prep for Illumina-based NGS required. Experience with automated liquid handling instruments, LIMS, running Illumina instrumentation preferred.

The Research Associate will perform research and/or development in collaboration with senior technical and professional staff, in addition to providing laboratory and technical support. Exercises technical discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies. Performs limited analysis and interpretation of results, but maybe required to contributing to researching and writing methods for papers, training other staff as required. Strong communication, inter-personal skills, and high level of attention-to-detail are required for this position.

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 NGS-related technical and research protocols in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff within our group, including but not limited to RNA-seq, HLA Typing, and Microbiome sequencing. (50%)
  2. Assists with the development of experimental and QC protocols within a given scope, write methods for manuscripts, and other technical writing. (20%)
  3. Performs routine data analysis and verifies and corrects data entry. (10%)
  4. Maintains records and documentation regarding assigned research. (10%)
  5. Other duties as assigned including training staff in basic molecular biology techniques. (10%)
  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 complex laboratory procedures; ability to meet deadlines of projects; good communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Education: Master's degree in molecular biology or related field required or Bachelor's with minimum 3-5 yrs of experience. 1+ years of NGS-related experience preferred.

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

Work Arrangement: 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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