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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a Research Assistant III to support the Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics (APG) department located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides administrative and management support to apg.
RESPONSIBILITIES 90% of time
1. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data. Makes detailed observations about TBI experiments. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation.
2. Assists with the preparation of technical reports, summaries, and animal protocols.
3. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks for TBI experiments conducted
4. Performs specialized laboratory research utilizing experimental protocols which involve specialized procedures such as rat controlled cortical impact injury and lateral fluid percussion injury surgery, cognitive function assessment, such as Morris Water Maze, and histological and immunohistochemical techniques for analysis of tissue sections.
5. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Provides leadership to junior technicians in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
6. Provides quality control, trouble shooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
7. Assists in teaching techniques to graduate and medical students in the laboratory.
8. Independently performs research projects to use the above techniques to address specific research questions as directed by supervisor.
NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: 10% of time
7. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
8. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; knowledge of small animal surgical techniques; knowledge of cognitive testing techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline
Minimum Experience: Bachelor’s degree with at least 6 years of relevant laboratory experience
Physical Capabilities: long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals
Work Environment: laboratory environment
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources