Research Associate (NeuroTrauma)

Updated: December 6, 2017
Job ID: 213445
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Associate to support NeuroTrauma Department at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC). HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NMRC.

The NeuroTrauma Department, a program of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation is seeking a Research Associate to study basic mechanisms of cell and tissue damage as observed in militarily relevant animals models of traumatic brain injury with and without hemorrhagic shock.  This is a challenging opportunity with an exciting research program focused on the physiology, histopathology and molecular biology aspects of brain and other related damage and definition of possible biomarkers of injury as well as targets for potential protection or pharmaceutical therapy after injury.

Recent departmental efforts have concentrated on elucidating the potential effects of early and prolonged aeromedical transport on combat injured casualties.  The NeuroTrauma Department in combination with the Undersea Medicine Department has the capability (equipment and scientific/technical expertise) to evaluate the effects of long-range aeromedical evacuation at its Center for Hypobaric Experimentation, Simulation and Testing (CHEST) in both large (swine) and small (rats, mice) animals.  In addition, other efforts encompassed in this program evaluate operationally relevant devices and methods for caring for combat casualties either in the field or en route to definitive care. 


The incumbent assists in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research and/or development, and investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.  He/she performs specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which will involve specialized procedures such as proteomic (Western blot) analysis and genomic (quantitative RT-PCR or Northern) analysis of tissues, immunohistochemistry, small and large animal surgery, basic animal handling skills including injections and monitoring, and data collection and processing. Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed records of experiments. Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.  Assists with training laboratory staff as needed. Maintains cleanliness of laboratory areas. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities: M.S. in a related scientific discipline and a minimum of three years related work experience.  Knowledge of appropriate scientific area; ability to analyze and interpret data. Previous experience with molecular biology and histopathology is preferred.

Minimum Education/Training: Master’s required.

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 laboratory staff

Work Environment: Laboratory environment; may involve working with biohazardous materials; 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 Director of Human Resources.