Bethesda, Maryland

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing military medicine. 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. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF's support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals.

This position will be in support of Dr. R. Joel Lowy in the Scientific Research Department (SRD) within the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to AFRRI. The focus of the laboratory is the impact of ionizing radiation and microbial pathogens on the innate immune system singly and in combination in controlling the production of host defense molecules. Current research is to understand the effects of radiation and viruses on cell signaling pathways, including feedback controls, resulting in macrophage inflammatory cytokine and interferon production.

We are looking for a researcher who is independently motivated and able to provide contributions and creativity in their support of the PI and project goals while working with other laboratory and institute personnel. The incumbent will and have responsibilities planning and conducting experimentation, data analysis, providing input for experimental designs and communication results. Experiments include the use of ionizing radiation and work with a variety of microorganisms and their biochemical simulants using methods in virology assays, cell and molecular biology, and immunology. Tissue culture, viral titer assays, Western blotting, multiplex "Luminex"cytokine/chemokine and interferon ELISA assays are used extensively. Applicants are expected have the desire to learn or aid in development of new approaches as needed.

To apply a cover letter briefly indicating research interests and career goals, a curriculum vitae and when appropriate at least three references.

AFRRI is a research institute within the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), US Department of Defense, located in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. It is located within walking distance of the NIH intramural campus and the National Library of Medicine. Further information about the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, AFRRI and USUHS can be obtained at the following web sites: www.hjf.org and www.usuhs.mil.

Responsibilities

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant III to perform research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects. Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff. Solves problems of moderate complexity in carrying out research projects in a clinical or laboratory environment. This is a project based position for 1-year.

Responsibilities
  • Performs laboratory research projects including collection and organization of data. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Oversees and ensures the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  • Makes detailed observations about experiment. Provides quality control, trouble shooting, and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  • Conducts critical review of procedures, determining where issues occurred and formulating plans to correct problems as they arise.
  • Prepares technical reports, summaries, and protocols. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation. Assists in the preparation of manuscripts and data for presentations at scientific meetings and publication in journals.
  • Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories, and logbooks. Performs data entry for research projects and may maintain data and database(s).
  • Follows instructions and standard operating procedures to perform expected tasks. Trains and assists lower-level laboratory staff.
  • 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 techniques.
  • Ability to follow basic instructions.
  • Good communication and analytical skills.
  • Experience using techniques for cell culture, cell biology and molecular assays, Western blotting and virology methods.
  • Background in Molecular and/or Cell Biology, Virology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, or closely related field. Candidates with a M.S. with these areas of experience are also of interest.

Physical Capabilities
  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to stand or sit at a computer for prolonged periods.
  • Ability to climb, pull, and lift heavy objects.

Qualifications

Work Environment
  • This position will take place primarily in a clinical or laboratory setting.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years' experience required.

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.

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, education and credentials, a criminal background check, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check if applicable. Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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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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