Research Associate

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Updated: July 12, 2017
Job ID: 212983
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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The Henry M Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking Research Associate to support the Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program (CHIRP) at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CHIRP and USUHS.

The incumbent of this position initiates research projects in cooperation with the principle investigator. Incumbent performs specialized laboratory research projects utilizing protocols which may involve specialized procedures such as molecular biology techniques including cloning, analysis of protein expression; in vitro transcription of RNA; RNA structure mapping techniques; electrophoretic techniques; tissue culture and immunological techniques. The incumbent is responsible for collection and organization of data and making detailed observations about experiments and maintenance of clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories, and logbooks.


  1. Duties include working with biohazardous chemicals and radioisotopes which require the incumbent to follow appropriate regulations and take precautions required by policies established by the University in the handling of such materials. The incumbent is responsible for proper record keeping, labeling and disposal of such samples.
  2. Assists with the writing and editing of experimental results for publication in technical and peer-reviewed journals.
  3. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing the accuracy and reliability of data and prepares materials for presentation in departmental seminars, data club and scientific meetings.
  4. May provide guidance to lower level laboratory staff
  5. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge. Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of complex laboratory procedures; ability to meet deadlines of projects; good communication and analytical skills

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master's degree in scientific discipline

Minimum Experience: 0 to 2 years of directly related research experience

Physical Capabilities: requires long periods of sitting and standing; handling of various chemicals

Work Environment: laboratory environment

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 prio approval of the Director of Human Resources.