Research Assistant II

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Updated: August 26, 2017
Job ID: 212831
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant II to support the Wound Infections Department located at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Wound Infections Department.

Provide support to investigators for executing animal and laboratory studies evaluating the impact of novel dressings on wound healing, infection, and hemostasis. Duties include collaboration with internal and external scientists, provide microbiological support, contribute to the testing of novel dressings, plan and monitor swine wound infections, conduct surgical intervention, and perform immunological assays on blood samples. Other duties include management of experimental data in Excel, GraphPad Prism, and data record keeping; regular presentation of results to supervisor, and discussion. Individual must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, time management, and computer skills. Previous experience with animal models and surgery is required.


  1. Plan, organize, and perform experimental animal procedures (large animal surgery, monitor, post- surgery observation, surgical report) in support of research studies involving wound healing and infection. 
  2. Understand basic laboratory procedures related to the study. Perform testing and analysis as required to advance the study. 
  3. Culture bacteria utilizing classical microbiology techniques. 
  4. Bacterial enumeration via qPCR, CFU/g tissue, and 16S pyrosequencing for bacterial community analysis. 
  5. Image tissue biofilm densties via scanning electron microscopy and histology. 
  6. Evaluate blood samples for systemic evaluation of the host immune response with ELISA 
  7. Experimental data collection and entry into Microsoft Excel and GraphPad Prism. Organization and analysis of data for future presentation. Prepare animal use protocols, technical reports, and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication. 
  8. Management duties may include: supervision of team members; direct them appropriately; coordinate with other staff members for data collection, processing, synthesis. 
  9. Communicate effectively with collaboraters from different disciplines (chemistry, materials science, biomedical engineering, etc.). Contribute to the development of novel wound dressing.
  10. Interact with veterinarians in the animal facility. Maintain clear and accurate animal records, inventories, and logbooks.
  11. Plan supply procurement, perform routine maintenance, clean laboratory equipment, assure compliance with departmental and facility SOP’s and policies.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Must have knowledge working with animals, common laboratory techniques and safe practices, biology and microbiology. Previous experience with laboratory research animals is required. Computer proficiency including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and other software is expected. Must demonstrate ability to work independently, to learn and integrate new procedures. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of team. Must be willing and available to as needed, work evenings and weekends. Knowledgeable about good laboratory practices.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  BSc in biology, microbiology or biological science of a similar field is required; MS would be preferred. or an equivalent combination of education and some relevant experience.

Minimum Experience:  2- 4 years experience with research.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; intricate work with hands; carrying of light and moderately heavy laboratory equipment. Ability to handle animals and no known allergies to animals.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May provide guidance to laboratory staff.

Work Environment:   Animal facility and laboratory environment; may involve working with biohazardous materials; may require working evenings and weekends.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.