Research Technician

Updated: December 19, 2017
Job ID: 212906
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Technician to support the Walter Reed Army of Institute of Research (WRAIR) mission in providing the best Leishmania diagnosis to the armed forces engaged in endemic areas for Leishmania. The contractor will also work with Laboratory Directors and Managers to implement Good Clinical Laboratory Practices across the Leishmania Diagnostic Laboratory – a department under the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP). The contractor will work in a team environment to assure compliance with internal specifications and/or standards as well as all CAP/CLIA/DoD regulatory agency requirements. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP.

Responsibilities:

1. The contractor shall participate in project planning (goals, timelines, and resources)

2. Ensure achievement of the project goals in a timely manner and within budget

3. Independently grow parasite cultures and extract DNA for positive controls and quantification studies.

4. Perform molecular biology techniques that include but are not limited to PCR, Cellulose Acetate Electrophoresis for parasite speciation.

5. Perform histological tests to identify parasites in human and animal tissues

6. Maintain records of experimental animals used for xenodiagnoses.

7. Execute established protocols for the diagnosis and detection of Leishmania in vector samples.

8. Maintain laboratory equipment within CAP/CLIP/CLIA/GLP regulations

9. Maintain reagents within CAP/CLIP/CLIA/GLP regulations

10. Write brief reports, data summaries, and contribute to publications and presentations at meetings as well as supporting WRAIR in education and training (OCID).

11. Maintain cross training in other Leishmania and Leishmania vector diagnostic assays.

12. Inventory Leishmania cryobanks.

13. Maintains Proficiency Testing records, receipt of PTs, tracking PT assignments, pre- submission review, review of post evaluation reports.

14. Establish and maintain searchable databank containing salient characteristics of cryopreserved samples including location in the cryobank.

15. Assist in the execution of experiments involving in vivo and in vitro studies of Leishmania parasites.

16. Maintain a safe workplace ensuring that he/she is aware of and observes appropriate safety and occupational health rules and regulations. Employee is required to attend safety training relative to his/her position and report any infractions of safety procedures to the facility Safety Officer.

17. Maintain medical maintenance records as well as DataTron monitoring information.

18. Perform light duties and other related duties as required and assigned by the Lab Director and manager.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent laboratory, technical, communication and interpersonal skills.  Ability to work independently once trained and maintains excellent records with a keen attention to detail. Good computer skills are required for effective job performance; knowledge of Macintosh and PC related software.  Knowledge of CAP/CLIP/CLIA/FDA regulatory requirements and experience working in a CAP/CLIA and/or FDA accredited laboratory. Experience with laboratory animal models is essential.

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelors in science field or related biomedical field

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Certification for Transport of Biomedical Material Training, DMLSS registration as well as Animal Care and Use Course Certifications (AALAS) for xenodiagnoses protocol, a plus, otherwise, training will be provided.

Experience Preferred but not required: Microsoft Excel, FileMaker Pro, Master Control or Labware, cellSens imaging software used for telemedicine

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires ability to sit for lengthy periods to include, but not limited to data entry at a computer terminal.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The contractor will report directly to the LDL Manager. Contractor will supervise students, and any temporary laboratory assistants.

Work Environment: The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) at 503 Robert Grant Avenue, Silver Spring, MD Laboratories (Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 laboratory and animal BSL 2 laboratory. Potential exposure to infectious agents, toxic chemicals, and blood-borne pathogens. Must be able to wear appropriate personal protective equipment. Will also work in an office setting. Must be able to work from 7:20 am to 4:20 pm (or 8 working hours not including lunch break). Due to this being a clinical diagnostic laboratory, the contractor is required to be at designated station for the stated amount of hours for patient sample receiving and processing. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to manipulate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear. Work may involve long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals and/or hazardous biological material. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The contractor will work in laboratory environments that handle bio-hazardous materials, and infectious human specimens (blood-borne pathogens) to include, but not limited to, Leishmania, Malaria, Chagas disease, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes, HTLV, and syphilis infected material. This laboratory supports work of investigators of diverse scientific disciplines and nationalities and requires good interpersonal skills for effective job performance.

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, or protected veteran status.

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

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