Bethesda, 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 the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. This position will be in support of the Rat Behavior Core. The Core is used by USUHS faculty who require behavioral testing for the performance of their pre-clinical research.

Responsibilities

HJF is seeking a Research Associate III to perform overall operation and maintenance of the Core and will provide guidance for the development of behavioral testing protocols to suit the experimental needs of USUHS faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and research technicians.

Responsibilities
  • Ability to perform behavioral tests for the evaluation of rat performance related to animal models used in pre-clinical research.
  • Responsible for operation, maintenance, calibration, and data collection related to the employment of behavioral testing equipment that is required for addressing questions related to a range of research projects, including studies in the neurosciences, physiology, immunology and infectious diseases, genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology, endocrinology, pharmacology, psychology and psychiatry, surgery, and preventive and rehabilitation.
  • Ability to oversee efficient use and scheduling of the Core and to work with the Core's oversight faculty in designing behavioral testing facilities and protocols that suit the experimental needs of faculty.
  • Responsible for the development of standard operating procedures for behavioral testing and in some cases custom protocols, as appropiate.
  • Facilitate and guide scientists and students in the appropriate use of behavioral testing equipment, including procedures conducive to the acquisition of valid testing results and data.
  • Perform duties in accordance with USU Laboratory Animal Medicine policies and procedures, including humane animal use, the USUHS hazardous materials/waste program, and employee training/certification.
  • Responsible for planning and oversight for operational maintenance of all apparatuses to ensure that equipment is in good working order and is repaired as needed and that supplies/equipment are ordered as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Position requires a background and experience in aforementioned technologies in the context of pre-clinical models.
  • Must have a background in rodent handling and the concepts of valid behavioral testing procedures and experimental design, data collection, management of data, the ability to operate and troubleshoot complex electronic devices and related software.
  • Ability to modify equipment parameters for advancing the development of behavioral testing protocols and instrumentation related to the needs of individual research questions.

Supervisory Responsibilities

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

Physical Capabilities
  • Lifting materials up to 10 lbs.
  • Long periods of time standing
  • Operating motor vehicles, machinery, and/or power tools.

Qualifications

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

Education and Experience
  • Master's Degree required. Doctorate degree prefered.
  • 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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