Research Assistant

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Updated: February 24, 2018
Job ID: 212946
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Great Lakes, IL, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Operational Infectious Diseases Department (OID) at the Naval Hospital Great Lakes in Great Lakes, Illinois.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NHRC.


  1. Serves as the representative for the Naval Health Research center at their assigned military treatment facility or recruit training center. This includes the ability to interact with military staff, doctors, and other professionals and build professional and trusting relationships as related to study protocols.
  2. Assist in the development and implementation of recruitment strategies to increase participation into the study and/or clinical trial.
  3. Using CHCS and/or ALTHA medical records system, monitors medical records and schedules to determine subject eligibility for enrollment in various studies. This may also include being present in the sick call area in recruit training centers.
  4. Obtain informed consent from subjects and must be able to answer any questions or concerns regarding study purposes and procedures.
  5. Accurately hear, interpret and record subject responses to a short demographic questionnaire for each subject enrolled.
  6. Independently obtain (nasal/oral/nasopharyngeal/rectal) swabs or other appropriate specimens from subjects.
  7. May collect blood samples from participants. Expect to draw blood from babies, children, young adults and elderly patients.
  8. All specimens must be transferred to universal transport media, labeled, and stored according to proper standard operating procedures. This includes filling out requisitions and specimen logs.
  9. May use standard operating procedures to perform basic laboratory procedures to include microscope work, pipetting, tissue culture techniques, and virus isolation and identification.
  10. May use new pharmaceutical devices to test specimens for clinical trials.
  11. Provides weekly reporting of surveillance data.
  12. Responsible for knowing the proper shipping procedures of diagnostic specimens. This may include obtaining dry ice. In special cases, this may also include international shipping methods.
  13. Will be assigned to one location, but may be required to travel to other locations.
  14. Reads, understands, and follows all standard operating procedures and study protocols.
  15. Performs administrative duties to include, but not limited to, copying, labeling, and filing.
  16. Contributes to the team effort by accomplishing related duties as needed.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Basic knowledge of infectious diseases; Knowledge of CHCS and/or ALTHA military systems; Knowledge of proper specimen collection techniques; Skill in collecting specimens; Skill in phlebotomy techniques and determining the most appropriate site to obtain a specimen; Skill in use of word processing, spreadsheet, graphic, email, and database software; Ability to follow a standard operating procedures; Ability to independently plan and prioritize work; Ability to accurately explain informed consents to groups; Ability to be a self-starter and work independently with minimal supervision; Ability to interface with investigators, research staff, and study participants; Ability to travel to clinics.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: This position requires an Associate's degree, Bachelor's preferred

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years related clinical/medical experience is preferred. 1 year experience in drawing blood or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved and is compliant with local state phlebotomy requirements is required.

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 a phone system.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Certified phlebotomist is preferred.

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.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Vice President of Human Resources.

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.