Research Assistant

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Updated: May 26, 2018
Job ID: 213387
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant to support the laboratory of Dr. Snow in the Department of Pharmacology at Uniformed Services University (USU) located in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USU. Responsible for initiating and carrying out research projects in collaboration with a research team.



  • Assists in executing and analyzing biochemical and cell biological experiments related to a Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program (CHIRP)-funded research project entitled "The Impact of ORMDL3 Expression on T Lymphocyte Activation and Asthma Pathogenesis" (B10¬71-8822, 309354-7.10-64532).
  • Performs independent laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which will involve specialized procedures including: human and mouse lymphocyte cell culture and stimulation, nucleic acid extraction/purification/transfection, RT-PCR, preparation of whole cell and/or fractionated lysates, immunoprecipitation and Western blotting, flow cytometry, ELISA and other microtiter plate assays, and other techniques as needed/required by the laboratory.
  • Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed records of experiments.
  • Processes and interprets experimental data, and prepares accurate and timely research reports.
  • Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.
  • NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:       15% of time
  • Assists with maintaining an accurate inventory of laboratory supplies, and places orders for supplies as necessary.
  • Assists with training laboratory staff as needed.
  • Maintains cleanliness of laboratory areas and performs routine maintenance tasks on laboratory equipment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Subject knowledge and expertise in immunology and cell biology as reflected by publications in appropriate peer-reviewed scientific journals. Preference for those with experience studying metabolic reprogramming and cell death pathways in human T cells, including flow cytometric-based assays. Competence in all routine areas of modem cellular and molecular biology including mammalian cell culture, cell transfection, recombinant DNA technology, and immunoblotting.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: B.S. in Biology or related discipline.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; intricate work with hands; carrying of light and moderately heavy laboratory equipment.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: May provide guidance to students and laboratory staff.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment; working with biohazardous materials and human blood products; may require working evenings and weekends.


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.