Research Assistant I (Enteric Diseases Department)

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Updated: January 27, 2018
Job ID: 213430
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant I (RAI) to support the Military Enteric Diseases Research Program, located at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, Maryland.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NMRC. The successful candidate should have an academic background in immunology and practical experience in this area. Under the supervision and mentoring of the Head of Immunology, the RA will be performing laboratory-based immunology activities supporting the ETEC Vaccine Development Program. The incumbent will join a team of 2 scientists and 4 RAs in charge of pre-clinical (rodents) and clinical trial studies.

  1. Overall laboratory organization preparation of tubes, racks, labels, media and other solutions and reagents.
  2. Log in, label, separate, and distribute samples (blood, stools, saliva, cells, supernatant etc.) for processing.
  3. Perform enzyme-based serum and cell assays (i.e. ELISA, ELISPOT)
  4. Handle rodents for immunological studies: anesthesia, immunization, sample collection (e.g. spleen, serum, fecal pellets).
  5. Perform data analysis, prepare graphical representation of data (GraphPad Prism™ software), and oral presentations (Microsoft Power Point®).
  6. Organize sample databases and freezer inventories (Microsoft Word® and Excel®).
  7. Complete other projects and duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:   Knowledge of complex scientific procedures, techniques and principles; knowledge and practical experience with immunological assays such as ELISA and/or ELISPOT. Experience with cell culture is a plus. Must have hands-on experience with mouse manipulation and should be able to follow directions, interpret and follow SOPs and work in a team as well as independently.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelors degree in a biology-related field (e.g. immunology, microbiology, biochemistry).

Minimum Experience:  0-2 years of hands-on experience with mouse studies and immunologic techniques.

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting; handling numerous chemicals and biological samples.

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment; requires working with human cells and plasma/serum; may require working long hours.

Background: This position will require fingerprinting for eligibility to work at NMRC. Must be eligible to obtain Public Trust clearance.

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.