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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Regenerative Medicine Department located at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific and program support services to NMRC.
The Research Assistant II will work under the direct supervision of a principal investigator and/or lead investigator in the Regenerative Medicine Department of the Operational and Undersea Medicine Directorate, NMRC.
The incumbent will assist in animal based, pre-clinical scientific research. The incumbent will perform both basic and complex laboratory tests that will include flow cytometry analysis, PCR based gene expression assays, ELISA, and cell culture. The incumbent will also assist in surgical procedures and the day-to-day post-surgical animal care management/treatment related to small animal and large animal research protocols within the department. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining veterinarian and research records, and manage the daily health observations and treatments of all research animals. The incumbent will assist with all aspects (planning, organizing, directing and implementation) of the research and/or development in collaboration with others, working to achieve the research mission. The incumbent will act as a technical advisor to staff members to insure that the team meets schedules, adhere to performance requirements, maintains conformance with specific operational standards (SOW) and protocols and/or resolve technical problems appropriately. The Research Assistant II is expected to read and understand the scientific literature, assist with planning experiments, assist with analyzing data and make presentations to others about the work. Supervision will be provided by the Principal investigator and/or designated Lead Investigator(s); however, the employee is expected to exercise a high level of independence and initiative in the management of laboratory research within established guidelines. This position may require working evenings and weekends depending on the workload of the laboratory.
Essential Job Duties (90% of time):
Other Job Duties: (10% of time):
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: 0-2 years of laboratory experience required. Must have knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow detailed instructions; good oral/written communication and analytical skills. The incumbent must demonstrate prior work experience in animal care.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline is required.
Physical Capabilities: The incumbent may be required to stand, sit or bend from a standing position for long periods of time. Also the incumbent may be handling various chemicals and potentially infectious bloodborne pathogens.
Work Environment: Animal Facility and Laboratory Environment
Background: Ability to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC).
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.