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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Research Assistant II - Microbiology and Immunology



Full Time

On Site


Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant II to support the Department of Microbiology (MIC) at the Uniformed Services University Bethesda, Md. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to MIC.

Responsible for working in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Broder in the Department of Microbiology at the Uniformed Services University. This individual would work within the multidisciplinary team and support research for the sub agreement with the The Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases (CREID) Network. Performs research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects. Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff. Solves problems of standard complexity in carrying out research projects in a clinical or laboratory environment.

NOTE: As a U.S. Government contractor, all HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.


  1. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Generates stable cell lines for the expression of recombinant proteins. (70%)
  2. Applies quality control measures as outlined/required by the protocol. Provides basic data analysis. (15%)
  3. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data, and maintaining databases. Makes detailed observations on experiments. Follows instructions and standard operating procedures to perform expected tasks. May provide basic instruction to other lab staff. (15%)
  4. 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. Experience in Column purification - protein purification, protein expressions and cell culture.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

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

Work Environment: This position takes place in a laboratory setting.

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.