Clinical Research Microbiologist

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Updated: February 15, 2018
Job ID: 213456
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Clinical Research Microbiologist to support the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) in Bethesda, Maryland. Performs routine and specialized tests and procedures in the field of clinical microbiology for studies of nosocomial infections, skin and soft tissue infections, microbial colonization and pathogenesis, and anti-microbial resistance. Handles clinical specimens for the isolation, identification and drug susceptibility testing of bacterial and fungal pathogens. Manages and supervises a team of microbiology technicians. Coordinates microbiological sub-studies of clinical research protocols to evaluate pathogenesis of infectious disease and mechanisms of anti-microbial resistance.


  1. Performs routine and specialized tests and procedures in accordance with clinical research protocols.
  2. Utilizes automated and computerized equipment in performing and interpreting specialized and/or innovative test analysis requiring substantial visual and mental effort.
  3. Coordinates clinical microbiology studies nested in ongoing protocols to evaluate mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and/or anti-microbial resistance among clinical microbiology isolates.
  4. Prepares and determines validity of solutions, reagents, media, stains, specimens, cell cultures and other material for analysis, diagnosis, and specific laboratory procedures.
  5. Ensures quality control of a variety of laboratory specimens and procedures and reviews for the accuracy of test results.
  6. Conducts the handling, labeling, temporary storage of isolates prior to shipping for long-term storage in a central repository.
  7. Collects and records clinical microbiology data in electronic databases; completes data collection forms; responsible for the receipt and resolution of data queries.
  8. Orders and maintains inventories of laboratory supplies.
  9. All other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Comprehensive knowledge of human biology and medical microbiology; proficiency with molecular methods in clinical research (e.g. pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, PCR, sequencing, etc.); prior supervisory experience, as well as attention to detail and excellent skills in written and verbal communication; knowledge and proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint; prior experience in the collection and management of clinical microbiology data in electronic databases.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Medical Microbiology or related field required. MT(ASCP) Certification or degree in Medical Laboratory Technology is a plus.

Minimum Experience: 4-6 years of relevant experience preferably in a clinical microbiology setting

Physical Capabilities: Ability to spend long periods of time at a lab bench. Light lifting and moving of equipment, slides, and chemical reagents may be required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Management and supervision of a small team of microbiology technicians on clinical research protocols.

Work Environment: Works primarily in a laboratory.  Handles biological materials and lab equipment.  Exposure to blood borne pathogens, chemical fumes, and other hazardous agents.

Background: Candidate must be eligible to receive a Common Access Card (CAC) and pass a background.

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.