Staff Scientist

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Updated: July 19, 2017
Job ID: 212830
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Staff Scientist to support the Flow Cytometry Core Facility of the Biomedical Instrumentation Center (BIC) for the Office of the VP of Research located at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to BIC. Incumbent is expected to be a part of the BIC team of highly trained specialists and serve university’s scientific community by providing technical support and expertise in the area of flow cytometry.  Incumbent is responsible for maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment, administrative support in regards to scheduling, communication with researchers, data management, and general lab maintenance.

Responsibilities:

1.  Provides flow cytometry support to investigators, technical personnel, and students authorized to use the BIC core facilities. Assists the supervisor with day-to-day management and administration of the flow cytometry facility.  Provides expertise in cell analysis, cell sorting, and sample preparation and staining, to include fluorochrome selection, multiple applications (immunophenotyping, cell viability, cell cycle, calcium mobilization, etc.), and data analysis for basic and clinical research.  Provides superior products, services, and training to users of the flow cytometry facility. Applies, adapts, and modifies a wide range of methods, procedures, and techniques to accomplish assigned work.  Assists users with the development of experimental protocols, aids in the preparation of data for publication, and recommends corrective action for insufficient results.  Maintains records of experimental results.  (35% of time)

2.  Responsible for the proper operation and maintenance of flow cytometry facility instrumentation. Independently calibrates instruments and selects appropriate reagents and operation parameters to ensure reliable results. Performs quality control tests of products and services and troubleshoots poor quality results. Contacts and coordinates with service technicians for instrument preventive maintenance and repairs.  (20% of time)

3.  Responsible for the proper scheduling of instrument usage and accurate billing for products, services, and training.  Maintains BIC and flow cytometry laboratory supply.  Properly collects biohazardous and chemical waste products and coordinates with EHS for their safe removal.  (10% of time)     

4.  Remains abreast of new developments in flow cytometry and acquires familiarization with new instrumentation and technical advances.  Reviews and critiques current flow cytometry research and attends courses and training sessions to acquire new skills and refine techniques.  (10% of time)

5.  Provides collaborative assistance to other BIC scientists.  Becomes familiar with essential aspects of other BIC Cores to help users when BIC personnel are unavailable.  (5% of time)

6.  Assists the BIC Director on issues that affect the BIC such as, financial accountability for each section, equipment, maintenance, web design and updates, tours, and special projects. (10%)

7.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Mastery of the principles and theories of flow cytometry, molecular biology, and cell biology. Skill in applying these principles and theories in order to resolve unique research problems, along with the ability to perform assignments which involve initiating, formulating, and planning. Expert technical skills in laboratory techniques of flow cytometry. Expertise in research data acquisition and analysis. Expertise in the operation of sophisticated laboratory instrumentation. Expertise in the use of standard software programs (databases and spreadsheets, word processing, and presentations graphics), as well as, instrument specific software. Strong skills in clear, correct, and concise verbal and written communication.  Ability to communicate scientific principles and technical requirements to the user. Ability to skillfully resolve research, instrument, and user problems.  Ability to schedule a wide range of user requirements to maximize productivity and minimize conflicts. Excellent interpersonal skills, such as listening, negotiating, managing, and advising users. Expert knowledge of appropriate precautions for handling biological and chemical hazards to ensure their safe use and disposal.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  BS in a related scientific discipline.

Minimum Experience:  2 to 4 years of directly related research experience.

Physical Capabilities:  This position requires long periods of standing or walking, moderate lifting of equipment and reagents (should be able to lift and carry up to 50lb weight on a regular basis), and above-average physical dexterity and fine motor skills to perform complex laboratory procedures.

Work Environment:  Work is performed in office and laboratory settings and requires safety precautions due to potential exposures form irritant chemicals and biologic samples. Personal protective equipment such as lab coat, gloves, and face shield may be required.

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.

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