Laboratory Technician II or III (COVID-19)- Infectious Diseases Directorate - Military Veterans

at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Silver Spring, Maryland

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Laboratory Technician II or III (COVID-19) to support the Infectious Disease Directorate (IDD), located at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to IDD. U.S. citizenship required.

The incumbent will be responsible for specimen processing and supporting clinical testing activities in support of NMRC IDD. The incumbent will handle bio-hazardous materials and human specimens, including SARS-CoV-2 samples, and will be expected to practice safe handling of infectious materials and hazardous chemicals. The incumbent will be expected to comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP) and quality control plans and procedures.

This position will support the CHARM 2.0 study. CHARM 2.0 is a continuation of an initial study that NMRC began at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in May 2020. NMRC is continuing its ongoing study to determine the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Responsibilities:
  1. Performs laboratory testing and experiments. Complies with laboratory quality assurance and quality control plans and procedures.
  2. Receives shipments/specimens from couriers, inventories specimens and documents the receipt of samples in accordance with laboratory standard operating procedures.
  3. Ensures the proper handling of specimens in accordance with assigned SOPs including, but not limited to, proper data entry, labeling, specimen handling, storage, aliquoting of the specimens and archival. Performs specimen storage, retrieval, inventory, archival and disposal activities.
  4. Verifies patient information and accessions specimens in accordance with laboratory SOPs. Ensures proper documentation and performs assigned tasks in accordance with applicable safety regulations, good laboratory practices, quality guidelines, standard operating procedures and protocol requirements.
  5. Prepares aliquots and/or extraction of specimen material for serological and immunological assays.
  6. Performs peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) isolation cultures to support clinical testing activities and data entry in high throughput laboratory.
  7. Properly identifies specimens that do not follow the proper submission criteria described in assigned SOPs and properly documents and reports any issues to the Laboratory Manager for follow-up.
  8. 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:
  • Technical knowledge of scientific disciplines.
  • Knowledge of and skill in laboratory technique and handling biological and chemical hazards and their safe use and disposal required.
  • Experience and/or comfortability handling infectious materials required.
  • Experience with preparing aliquots and/or extraction of specimen material for serological and immunological assays strongly preferred.
  • Experience with performing peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) isolation cultures strongly preferred.
  • Drawing blood/phlebotomy experience is a plus.

Minimum Education: Associate degree required. Bachelor's degree in any physical science field (biology, microbiology, chemistry or related) is preferred.

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

Work Environment: This position takes place in a field and laboratory setting.

Travel Requirements:Extensive travel - minimum of 50% domestic and international travel to military treatment facilities.

Background/Security: U.S. citizenship required; eligible to obtain and maintain a Tier III Investigation/ Secret Clearance and 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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