Medical Research Assistant

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Updated: January 6, 2018
Job ID: 213343
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: San Diego, CA, United States

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HJF is seeking a Medical Research Assistant to support the Operational Infectious Disease (OID) located at the Naval Medical Center (NMC) in San Diego, California. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to OID. Provides routine and non-routine research support for the department/division to enhance operating efficiency; executes data and specimen collection, data management, and coordinates documents and shipments.


  1. Monitors the medical clinic to identify subjects who meet the case definition for ongoing studies.
  2. Obtains (nasal/oral/ nasopharyngeal) swabs, blood draws or other appropriate specimens from subjects.
  3. May use standard operating procedures to perform basic laboratory procedures as instructed by a supervisor to include microscope work, pipetting, tissue culture techniques, and virus isolation and identification.
  4. Completes a short data sheet for each specimen.
  5. Provides weekly reporting of surveillance data.
  6. Responsible for knowing the proper shipping procedures of diagnostic specimens. This may include international shipping methods.
  7. Will be assigned to one location, but may be required to travel to other locations in San Diego County.
  8. Obtains informed consent from study participants.
  9. Reads, understands and follows all SOPs and study protocols.
  10. Performs administrative duties to include, but not limited to, copying, labeling, and filing.
  11. Contributes to the team effort by accomplishing related duties as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  

  1. Basic knowledge of respiratory disease definitions.
  2. Knowledge of proper swab collection techniques.
  3. Skill in collecting specimens.
  4. Skill in use of word processing, spreadsheet, graphic, email, and database software.
  5. Ability to follow a standard operating procedure.
  6. Ability to plan and prioritize work.
  7. Ability to make a presentation (informed consents) to groups.
  8. Ability to be a self-starter and work independently.
  9. Ability to interface with investigators, research staff, and study participants.
  10. Ability to travel to clinics.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  This position requires a Bachelor’s degree with 0-2 years related clinical/medical experience. Must have certification to draw blood in the state of California.

Physical Capabilities:  Must be able to read reports, read labels, use computer, hear well enough to communicate with coworkers, stand, walk, sit, write, type, and use phone system; Candidate may be required to wear a face mask while interacting with patients and/or specimens and must be able to pass a respirator fit test.  In order for the face mask to effectively protect the user, facial hair must be clean shaven.  Candidate is required to pass annual screening for Tuberculosis.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Certified Phlebotomist

Work Environment:  Office/clinical working conditions in a military setting.

Security Clearance:  It is a condition of employment with the Naval Health Research Center that you undergo a favorable National Agency Check with Local Agency and Credit Checks (NACLC) investigation which will include being fingerprinted.  If a favorable NACLC is not received, your employment with the Foundation would terminate.

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.