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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a Biological Technican to support the the Malaria Serology Laboratory (MSL) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Malaria Vaccine Branch (MVB) in Silver Spring, Maryland. The MSL supports the U.S. Military Malaria Vaccine Program (USMMVP) by testing malaria vaccine clinical trial samples and pre-clinical samples to assess vaccine potency and immunogenicity. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MVB.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Technical knowledge of scientific disciplines; knowledge of and skill in tissue culture technique and handling biological hazards and their safe use and disposal; Familiarity developing, troubleshooting, and conducting experiments in the area of molecular, biochemical, malaria parasitology or immunological assays, as well as knowledge operating instrumentation required for this task.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s required; Master’s degree in a biological science preferred.
Minimum Experience: 4 to 6 years laboratory experience.
Physical Capabilities: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk, sit, use hands to manipulate objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear. Work may involve long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals and/or hazardous biological material. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment: The laboratory/office environment may require working evenings and weekends. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Background: This position will require eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC) 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 Director of Human Resources.