Bethesda, Maryland

Overview

Join the HJF Team!

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 the Department of Pathology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Responsibilities

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant II to perform research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects. The Research Assisant provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff and solves problems of standard complexity in carrying out research projects in a clinical or laboratory environment.

The incumbent performs research and/or development in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute. The incumbent will provide laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff. Solves problems of standard complexity in carrying out research projects in a laboratory environment. Our research involves molecular biology, radiation biology, proteomics, cell biology and animal models to decipher novel therapeutics for radiation countermeasures.

Responsibilities
  • Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Ensures the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  • Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data, and maintaining databases. Western blotting will be a common procedure. Makes detailed observations on experiments.
  • Performs mouse experiments including neurobehavioral testing, subcutaneous injections, IV, IP, euthanasia, tissue collection and culture of mouse cells.
  • Will assist in preparing animals for radiation experiments including transporting animals to facilities.
  • Applies quality control measures as outlined/required by the protocol. Provides basic data analysis.
  • Assists in the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations.
  • Follows instructions and standard operating procedures to perform expected tasks. May provide basic instruction to other lab 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 standard laboratory techniques, ability to follow general instructions.
  • Good communication and analytical skills.
  • Careful experiment documentation. Precision.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Exposure to lab techniques such as histology, molecular biology techniques and cell culture techniques.
  • Experience in working with a mouse model is a must.
  • Comfortable with working weekend as needed to support experiments.
  • Due to limited parking on site - Comfotable utitilizing public transport.

Physical Capabilities

  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 10 lbs.
  • 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 laboratory setting.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of 3-5 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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