Rockville, Maryland

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant I to support the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB) located in Rockville, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to DCB.

Receives, accessions, performs data entry, processes and performs archival storage of biospecimens for clinical research, sponsored clinical trials, non-clinical research, and clinical testing. Performs standardized procedures in strict accordance with laboratory Standard Operating Procedures, Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP), and accrediting agencies to include the College of American Pathologist (CAP) and DOD Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program (CLIP).

Performs daily, weekly, monthly, annual and preventative maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Maintains inventory of common laboratory supplies. Responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining and validating SOPs as required. Maintains and promotes a clean and safe work environment and dons appropriare personal equipment as designated by the laboratory and biorepository areas. Responsible for performing assigned tasks in accordance with all applicable safety regulations and instructions.

NOTE: As per Executive Order 14042, all HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

  1. Receives and accessions biospecimens to include, whole blood, whole blood products, cells, tissue, swabs from clinical trial sites. Inventories samples and documents the receipt of the samples in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOPs). (20%)
  2. Visually inspects specimens for quality and documentation for data accuracy, follows specimen rejection criteria, communicates with external sites to resolve discrepancies and enters data into electronic specimen tracking systems, e.g., Freezerworks, LDMS. (15%)
  3. Performs biospecimen processing to include, but not limited to high volume PBMC processing, e.g. processing for serum, plasma, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) for functional and other studies. (35%)
  4. Performs specimen handling for long term archival storage, retrieval, inventory, and disposal activities; prepares aliquots and/or specimens and related data for shipment/transfer to outside laboratories, collaborators, and investigators/Institutions. (10%)
  5. Conducts specimen processing and all laboratory activates in compliance with GCLP, CAP, and CLIP standards. (20%)
  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 laboratory terminology and safe work practices. Ability to follow standard operating procedures, work in a team environment; excellent interpersonal communication skills.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree required.

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

Physical Capabilities: Requires lifting materials up to 25 lbs. Must be able to stand and/or sit for lengthy periods to include, but not limited to processing of specimens, operation of instrumentation, and data analysis at a computer terminal

Work Environment: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, or exposure to chemicals. Conditions that pose risk of exposure to pathogens.

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.

Rockville, 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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