Research Assistant II

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Updated: October 19, 2017
Job ID: 213242
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant II to support the Undersea Medicine Department located at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NMRC. Responsible for research and/or development in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff.  Exercises technical discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies.  Responsible for fabricating, operating, and maintaining hyperbaric and hypobaric research equipment to include chambers, related piping systems, hi-pressure gas storage and handling equipment, to include air, oxygen, nitrogen and helium. Tasks will be performed as part of medical research protocols utilizing animals as test subjects. Tasks are defined as specific technical objectives which involve the application of technology and science in the field of hyper and hypobarics as it applies to a diverse mix of biomedical research projects. Shift work will be expected for continuous long-duration protocols lasting several days.


  1. Operate hyperbaric research equipment including high pressure compressors, gas storage vessels, hyperbaric chambers and other related equipment. Breathing gases will include combinations of air, oxygen, nitrogen, helium and mixtures.
  2. Basic knowledge regarding the inherent dangers of hyperbaric oxygen enriched atmospheres (OEA) and the appropriate procedures used to maintain oxygen clean conditions.
  3. Assist in the design, fabrication, cleaning, assembly, and operations of new and novel systems necessary for hyper and hypobaric medical research IAW established standards and guidelines.
  4. Assist with preventative maintenance of hyperbaric chambers and associated support equipment required for the safe and effective operation of the chambers and associated equipment in use within the facility.
  5. Conducts, and completes investigations under supervision. Assignments require the performance of complex laboratory tests, determinations, and analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches.
  6. Assist in developing methods and procedures necessary for execution of experiments and investigations.
  7. Assist in the development of research protocols. Research activities frequently involve projects which are characteristically unconventional and involve unique solutions requiring ingenuity.
  8. Develop a working knowledge of issues and equipment associated with the interface between physiological monitoring devices test and control of chambers life support parameters.
  9. Perform some data analysis and interpretation, as well as verify and correct data entry.
  10. Draft experimental results for publication in technical and peer-reviewed journals.
  11. Complete all command level required recurrent training in a timely manner so as to stay in compliance with training standards.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.

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

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Nationally recognized certified diver training or equivalent and the ability to be successfully trained in the operation and maintenance of hyperbaric chambers and ancillary equipment.

Minimum Experience:  2 to 4 years related research experience preferred.  2 years directly related diving (hyperbaric) experience. Should have experience with the application of hyperbaric chambers to advanced scientific methods such as physiological and medical research and methodology.

Knowledge of environmental and human factors engineering relating to hyperbaric chamber operations is recommended as well as in-depth knowledge of applicable military (DOD) standards for maintaining oxygen cleanliness of applicable systems.

Physical Capabilities:  requires long periods of sitting and standing; handling of various chemicals.  Mechanical aptitude and experience with various hand and power tools.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  RSTC recognized Certified Diver training

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May be required to supervise junior laboratory staff.

Work Environment:  laboratory and workshop 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 prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.