Research Assistant II - Infectious Diseases Directorate

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant II to support theInfectious Diseases Directorate (IDD) located at the Naval Medical Research Centerin Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to IDD.

The incumbent will work with pre-clinical samples using humanized mouse models to assess potency and immunogenicity and support novel therapeutics and vaccine development.

NOTE: As a U.S. Government contractor, all HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

Responsibilities:
  1. Performs laboratory research work in support of novel therapeutics and vaccine development, including collection and organization of data. Makes detailed observations about experiments. Provides data analysis and interpretation.
  2. Performs immunological techniques such as ELISA, IFA and in vitro cell and tissue culture to assist in developing and purifying monoclonal antibodies using humanized mouse models.
  3. Collect and isolate peripheral blood cells from mouse colonies.
  4. Perform serological tests on serum samples from laboratory animals.
  5. Apply PCR and FACS techniques for genotyping of mice.
  6. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories, and logbooks.
  7. Establishes and maintains databases for research projects.
  8. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps laboratory area clean.
  9. Prepares technical reports and summaries.
  10. Provides quality control, trouble shooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  11. Assist with preparation of written reports and manuscripts for journal submission. Assists with proposal submissions.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Technical knowledge of scientific disciplines; knowledge in area of molecular biology or immunological assays are highly desired. Experience with animal work preferred. Knowledge of laboratory techniques and safety procedures. Knowledge of standard laboratory equipment. Ability to follow basic instructions; good communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Education:Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or molecular biology required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements:Minimum 3-5 years of experience required.

Work Environment:This job takes place in a laboratory environment.

Work Arrangement: 100% on-site.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust and a Common Access Card (CAC).

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.

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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