Research Associate

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Updated: December 13, 2017
Job ID: 213382
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Associate to support acetate metabolism and chemistry studies in the Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics Department, in cooperation with the Department of Family Medicine, at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.  Responsible for research and/or development of research tests and procedures in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff.  Exercises discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies.


  1.  Plans, conducts, and completes investigations under the supervision of the head of the lab.  Makes determinations and performs analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches.
  2. Demonstrates particular skill in optimizing HPLC and LC-MS methods for analysis of acetate and β-hydroxybutyrate in human blood and using these methods for the analysis of human serum samples.
  3. Participates in activities to gather clinical specimens from research subjects.
  4. Assists with the writing and editing of experimental results for publication in technical and peer-reviewed journals.
  5. Performs routine data analysis and verifies and corrects data entry.
  6. May provide guidance to lower level laboratory staff.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of complex laboratory procedures, able to meet project deadlines, good communication and analytical skills.

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

Minimum experience:  Zero to two years of directly related research experience

Physical capabilities:  Requires standing up to 50% of work day as well as sitting, using computer/typing up to 40% of each work day.

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 prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.