Silver Spring, Maryland

Overview

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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 Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB)/Serology]. The Serology Technologist is primarily responsible for oversight and performance of serology and immunological assays in the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory (HDRL), in the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB), Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR) at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).

Responsibilities

HJF is seeking a Serology Medical Technologist III to perform assays/procedures in strict accordance with the laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Policies, Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP), accrediting bodies, and U.S. regulatory agencies to include the CAP, DoD Clinical Laboratory Information Program (CLIP), and the U.S. FDA. The incumbent oversees a Team of Medical Technologists I and II staff, providing training and mentorship in laboratory testing, instrument operations/maintenance and quality best practices. This person is responsible for assessing their performance in preparing and analyzing samples, operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art instrumentation, and ensuring adherence to all quality control procedures in support of clinical diagnostic and clinical research initiatives.

Responsibilities
  1. Performs assays for the detection and confirmation of HIV and Hepatitis B in a high throughput laboratory as well as performance of serological assays for other infectious diseases as needed with a high level of expertise and proficiency to train others. In addition, performing specimen processing duties in accordance with laboratory SOPs, manufacturer guidelines and CAP/ FDA regulations. Ensures proper handling of specimens, data entry, aliquoting specimen storage, retrieval, inventory, and disposal activities.
  2. Reviews and verifies raw run data, quality control and ensures all regulatory compliance standards and SOPs are met. Ensures proper entry of specimen data and testing results into databases or LIS.
  3. Coordinates and performs the validation of new assays, equipment, and materials as required with the Serology Senior Team Leads and Serology Technical Supervisor and QA Team.
  4. Performs, documents and qualified to train others for all weekly, monthly, semi-annual, and annual maintenance on equipment in accordance with SOPs.
  5. Ensures and verifies compliance with all Quality Assurance (QA) program requirements including but not limited to Quality control, maintenance, troubleshooting activities and documentation in accordance with QA and departmental established SOPs.
  6. Works with and mentors direct reports to identify problems that may affect test performance and reporting of patient results; corrects the problem and immediately notifies the Serology Technical Supervisor.
  7. Aids the Technical Supervisor in the development and deployment of administrative duties to include but not limited to the writing/drafting of SOPs, providing input for process improvements and filing of documents following established department processes.
  8. Responsible for Data Tran Monitoring system as required including after hours, holidays and weekends.
  9. Responsible for performing other assigned tasks in accordance with the applicable safety regulations and instructions.
  10. Must be able to perform all essential job duties for Serology Medical Technologist I and III.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent laboratory and technical skills. Ability to work independently once trained, excellent record keeping ability, excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to identify areas for process improvement for better efficiency.
  • Experience working in a high throughput clinical laboratory environment.
  • Prior experience managing/training a Team performing laboratory testing.
  • Ability to create and edit documents, such as standard operating procedures.
  • Comprehensive and detailed knowledge of accrediting and regulatory agency requirements, federal and state laws, knowledge of laboratory information management and automation, ability to recommend corrective actions and policy changes to correct deficiencies and improve laboratory programs is desirable.

Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Assigned Lead: May recommend the following: employee hiring, disciplinary action, and starting salaries.
  • Provide input on employee performance evaluations.

Physical Capabilities

  • Job performance requires ability to move around and between several laboratory areas.
  • Fine motor coordination in manipulation of laboratory materials is essential. T
  • he individual 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.
  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to stand or sit at a computer for prolonged periods

Qualifications

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

Work Schedule
  • Monday through Friday with regular Saturday rotation (40 hours per week)

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Science/Clinical Laboratory Technoologist or similar fields
  • Minimum of 6-8 years experience required

Licenses and Certifications
  • Other professional licensures, certifications, or designations required: ASCP certifications for one of the following cytology, histology, microbiology, serology-immunology, hematology, clinical chemistry, and/or immunohematology

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.

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)

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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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