Research Assistant III

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Updated: August 17, 2017
Job ID: 213107
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Frederick, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant Laboratory Technician to support a growing International Clinical Research Laboratory at the Biological Defense Research Directorate (BDRD), the Austere environments Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO), at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Frederick, Maryland.

HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to ACESO. ACESO is headquartered in Frederick, MD and conducts clinical research at numerous international sites.  The incumbent will conduct immuno-assays and/or molecular and serological analyses to characterize the host response to human infection.  Prior experience with ELISA and Luminex is essential.

Responsibilities:

  1. Plans, conducts, and completes investigations under the supervision of the senior staff of the laboratory.  Assignments require the performance of complex laboratory tests, determination and analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches.
  2. After an initial training period develop the relevant skills in the techniques involved.
  3. Conducts & analyze ELISA
  4. Analyzes human plasma through bead-based suspension microarrays (Luminex/Magpix).
  5. Conduct PCR assays and sequencing analysis.
  6. Conduct PBMC isolation and other clinical sample preparation.
  7. Works under the direction of the senior staff.
  8. Exercise an ability to prioritize duties and to solve problems.
  9. Give high attention to detail and maintain scrupulous record keeping and laboratory practices.
  10. Possess a working knowledge of safety standards for chemical and biological laboratories.
  11.  Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. 
  12. Works nights/weekends as needed for the support of work.
  13. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  14. Train junior lab staff in procedures and laboratory techniques.
  15. Ordering of laboratory & clinical supplies through commercial and US Navy procurement processes.
  16. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of complex laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills; ability to meet deadlines of projects.  Excellent laboratory technique including blood-borne pathogens precautions.  Demonstrated experience working with immuno-assays such as ELISA. Demonstrated experience Luminex/MagPix assays.

Desired Experience:

Favorable consideration will be given to those with demonstrated experience with both immuno-assays and RNA technologies. Magpix and/or Luminex required.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in a biological science.

Minimum Experience:  4 – 6 years of laboratory experience

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting; use of both hands; must be capable of working solo and as a laboratory team member; must be able to handle various chemicals and potential biohazards; must be available nights or weekends as needed for completion of laboratory experiments as necessary.

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment.

Background Requirement: This position requires eligibility to obtain a Secret Clearance and a CAC (Common Access Card) clearance. US Citizenship 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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