Microbiologist

Updated: July 18, 2018
Job ID: 213892
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Microbiologist to support the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland.HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USU.  The research will be centered on developing specific regulatory T cells (Tregs) and engineering by transducing them with different immunologic receptors or specific protein antigens and then testing them in different diseases and disease models both in culture and in animal models.  Thus, it is important to develop human and murine Tregs to show how efficient is the use of engineered T regulatory in mouse models, as this would allow us to follow the fate and site of action of the specific Tregs.  The incumbent will perform specialized tests and procedures in the field of clinical microbiology and immunology for studies of autoimmunity in terms of treatment and pathogenesis, and the resistance of patients to immune regulation; handle clinical specimens for the isolation, identification and susceptibility T-cell subsets using clinical research protocols to evaluate the etiology of disease and possible treatments with regulatory T cells. 

Responsibilities:                                                                      

  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 resistance among clinical immunology and 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. Utilizes flow cytometry to isolate populations and examine their functions in culture.
  6. Ensures quality control of a variety of laboratory specimens and procedures and reviews for the accuracy of test results.
  7. Oversees the isolates repository.  ( shipping for long-term storage in a central repository, inventory, accuracy)
  8. Manages clinical microbiology data in electronic databases; reviews data collection forms; troubleshoots to resolve data discrepancies.

Nonessential job duties:                                                        

  1. Orders and maintains inventories of laboratory supplies.
  2. All other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Comprehensive knowledge of human biology and medical microbiology and immunology; proficiency with molecular methods in clinical research (e.g. flow cytometry, western blotting, retroviral construction, PCR, sequencing, etc.); 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: Doctoral degree in Immunology or related discipline. 

Minimum Experience:  Two-five years of experience preferably in a clinical immunology (especially neuroimmunology) 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.

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

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.

 

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