Research Assistant I (Surgical Critical Care Initiative)

Updated: Today
Job ID: 213427
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant I to conduct research within the Walter Reed/ USU Department of Surgery in support of the Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i). HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to SC2i.The successful candidate will perform complex non-standard tests in the study of wound repair and stem cell biology, as well as perform biorepository processing, prepare laboratory reagents, organize and maintain laboratory spaces, and oversee supply inventory.  This candidate will also assist in overseeing other laboratory staff and laboratory operations. This position may require working evenings or weekends depending on experimental requirements.

 Essential Job Duties:

  •  Plan and perform complex, non-standard tests and experiments in the study of molecular and cell biology, to include cell separation techniques, cell activation and proliferation studies, molecular biology and protein studies, flow cytometric studies, ELISA and DNA/RNA analysis.
  • Perform biorepository processing of clinical samples, maintain biorepository sample inventory for various studies, and ship Category B Biological Substances out of state per IATA/ICAO regulations.
  • Create documents for recording laboratory processes Play an active role in implementing and adapting Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP) procedures into the laboratory, to include editing or writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Conduct preventative maintenance on laboratory equipment per GCLP regulations.
  • Assist in experimental designs, process and interpret experimental data and prepare accurate and timely research reports for the principle investigator using computerized data analysis programs.
  • Perform the day-to-day operations of the laboratory to maintain supply inventory, ordering procedures, and functional organization.
  • Adapt and implement new procedures and methods into the laboratory routine, follow and advise for adjustments to SOPs.
  • Support and/or perform instrument assay validations and equivalencies in compliance with GCLP/CAP/CLIA requirements.
  • Perform other appropriate duties, as directed by the laboratory manager.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency and working knowledge of molecular and cell biology techniques as utilized in a cellular immunology laboratory including: cell separation, cell culture, subcellular analysis, RNA and DNA extraction and purification, RT-PCR, hybridization assays, flow cytometry, immunoprecipitation, and ELISA analysis.
  • Ability to adhere to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to patient confidentiality and privacy (HIPAA/PHI/PII).
  • Ability to quickly become proficient in new regulatory guidelines (GCLP/CAP/CLIA).
  • Ability to work adeptly, accurately, and efficiently.
  • Ability to quickly become proficient in new research techniques and incorporate into the laboratory routine.
  • Ability to work well within a team- and goal-oriented work environment.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office to include Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

 Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor degree in biological/biochemical  sciences or equivalent work experience desired.

 Minimum Experience:  0-2 years of work experience in a research/ regulated  laboratory.    Prior experience in cell culture, cellular immunology and molecular biology is helpful, but not necessary. Must possess good communication and analytical skills, and the ability to meet project deadlines. Should be willing to learn extremely complex laboratory procedures.

 Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of sitting and standing; handling various chemicals, and human tissues and bodily fluids. Must be flexible with work schedule to include various shift work as well as on­ call and weekend work hours. Will need to possess excellent hand-eye coordination and be able to carry light to moderate laboratory equipment.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Will work directly with civilian, military and contract laboratory personnel and will perform the day-to-day operations of the laboratory under the supervision of the laboratory manager. Provides guidance to other laboratory staff.

Work Environment: GCLP compliant clinical research laboratory

Background Requirements: Must be a U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain Department of Defense Security Clearance (Secret).

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.

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