Research Associate III

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Updated: June 16, 2018
Job ID: 213996
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: San Diego, CA, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Associate III to support the Operational Infectious Disease located at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, California. The incumbent shall assist the laboratory director with emphasis in the enteric disease.


1.   Develops and implements microbiology / molecular biology laboratory testing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the isolation, identification and characterization of multiple infectious microorganisms, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Standard techniques necessary for the isolation of bacterial enteropathogens in culture (e.g., standard, selective and differential agar plates and biochemical assays, etc.).
  • Standard phenotypic identification of enteropathogens isolated in culture (e.g., BD-Phoenix Automated Microbiology System).
  • Standard genotypic / molecular biology-based identification of enteropathogens (e.g., conventional and real-time quantitative multiplex PCR, nucleic acid sequencing and analysis).
  • Advanced diagnostics assays
  1. Develops multiple pathogen identification assays / SOPs (conventional PCR, quantitative PCR and advanced diagnostics platforms)
  2. Manages compliance with SOPs
  3. Manages receipt, testing and storage of clinical specimens in the laboratory
  4. Manages standard laboratory quality assurance and quality control (QA / QC) procedures to ensure valid laboratory testing schemes
  5. Manages collaborations with outside laboratories (IRB compliance, consultation, deliverables)
  6. Develops and manages budgets
  7. Writes and submits reports, grants, manuscripts
  8. Coordinates with NHRC IRB for protocol approval and ensure study documents are current
  9. Records laboratory procedures and results in designated logbooks, worksheets or laboratory books
  10. Ensures compliance with regulatory agencies and collaborators (e.g., CAP and CDC CaliciNet programs)
  11. Assists laboratory director with grant writing and IRB-mandated Continuing Reviews
  12. Assists laboratory director with monthly / quarterly reports to sponsors / stake-holders
  13. Accurately interpret, collate and conduct analysis of all laboratory results, including data entry, data verification and data presentation
  14. Manage study documents and supplies distribution Manage orders and distribution of all required equipment / supplies
  15. Study Coordination and protocol development. Coordinate incorporation of new surveillance and new field sites into study
  16. Order and distribute supplies / reagents / equipment for all participating laboratories
  17. Coordinates and holds weekly study staff meetings and monthly staff / OCONUS laboratory field site meetings

Other Activities

  1. Participate in hiring of both EDSP technicians / RAs and AGE Surveillance RAs
  2. Manage activities of all EDSP laboratory collaborators / visitors (site visits, training, etc.)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of microbiology, molecular biology, basic laboratory, and safety procedures
  2. Knowledge of standard laboratory equipment
  3. Skill in use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), database and sequencing analysis software (BioNumerics)
  4. Aseptic technique
  5. Ability to plan and prioritize work
  6. Ability to effectively multi-task and meet deadlines
  7. Ability to pipette, use microscopes and perform staining procedures
  8. Ability to distinguish and identify different colors
  9. Ability to perform continuous and sometimes long periods of repetitive work
  10. Ability to correctly transcribe laboratory results
  11. Ability to follow standard operating procedures
  12. Initiative and the ability to work independently
  13. Ability to interface with investigators, vendors, research staff, and study participants
  14. Willingness to travel in country and abroad annually for study purposes

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: This position requires a PhD in a science related field and 4 - ­6 year’s related laboratory / management experience.

Physical Capabilities: Walking (including climb stairs), standing, must be able to read reports, labels and use computer, must be able to hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, must be able to write, type, and use phone system.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Supervises the work of the section. Recommends hiring of new employees, promotions, terminations, and performance management. Directly supervises up to 3 employees. Develops job descriptions and assigns work. Formulates performance standards, designs laboratory procedures, conducts evaluations, and initiates personnel actions.

Work Environment: Clinical laboratory working conditions. Handles hazardous materials required in laboratory procedures. Possible exposure to infection from disease-bearing specimens; regularly exposed to the risk of blood-borne diseases; must comply with applicable safety procedures.

Security Clearance: It is a condition of employment with the Naval Health Research Center that you undergo a favorable National Agency Check with Local Agency and Credit Checks (NACLC) investigation which will include being fingerprinted. If a favorable NACLC is not received, your employment with the Foundation would terminate.

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.