Research Associate (Surgical Critical Care Initiative)

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Updated: January 23, 2019
Job ID: 214144
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Associate for the Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i) at Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the USU SC2i. This position requires US Citizenship and the eligibility to obtain a Secret Clearance.

 The Research Associate will design, plan and conduct research in support of research efforts. The successful candidate will perform complex, non-standard tests (GxP and non-GxP) in the study of wound repair, stem cell biology, traumatic brain injury, and biological responses in critical patient care. This position may require working evenings or weekends depending on experimental or clinical study protocol requirements.


  1. Perform complex, non-standard, GCLP (GCP, GLP)/GMP/non-GxP tests and experiments in integrative life sciences.  This may include multiplex Luminex assay,  cell separation techniques, cell activation and proliferation studies, molecular biology and protein studies, flow cytometric techniques, ELISA  and DNA/RNA isolation and analysis.
  2. Proficiency and working knowledge of molecular and cell biology techniques as utilized in a cellular immunology laboratory including: Cell separation, cell culture, subcellular analysis, RNA and DNA extraction and purification, RT-PCR, hybridization assays, flow cytometry, immunoprecipitation, and multiplex ELISA analysis.
  3. Design and carry out experiments as well as process and interpret experimental data. Prepare accurate and timely research reports using computerized data analysis programs for investigators as required.
  4. Plan and perform instrument and assay validations in compliance with GCLP/CLIA requirements.
  5. Maintain all required Department of Defense training courses that are pertinent to this position and adhere to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to patient confidentiality and privacy (HIPAA/PHI/PII)
  6. Present data at departmental and national meetings as required.
  7. Interact with equipment/supply vendors, obtaining quotes and sole-source materials to maintain supply inventory.
  8. Adapt and implement new procedures and methods into the laboratory routine, adjust or write SOPs/lab or batch records.
  9. Work with the data management and analytics team to ensure laboratory data are complete and stored in appropriate databases in compliance with GCLP/CLIA requirements.
  10. Work with QAU (Quality Assurance Unit) to ensure lab/instrument/assay documentations are compliant with GCLP/CLIA requirements.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Prior experience in cell culture, cellular immunology, and molecular biology is necessary; knowledge and experience in GxP analytical testing (ELISA/Luminex in particular); ability to work adeptly, accurately, and efficiently to meet project deadlines; ability to quickly become proficient in new research techniques and incorporate into the regulated laboratory routine; good communication and analytical skills; ability to work well within a team- and goal-oriented work environment; working knowledge of Microsoft Office to include Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master's degree in Science or Clinical Laboratory Technologist. Experience may be substituted for some education (Bachelor's with 4+ years).

Minimum Experience: 2 – 4 years in a clinical 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.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: ASCP certifications for cytology, histology, microbiology, serology-immunology, hematology, clinical chemistry, and/or immunohematology. Must be a U.S. citizen and be able to obtain Department of Defense Security Clearance (Secret); must have a valid driver’s license.

Work Environment: GCLP/CLIA-compliant clinical research laboratory. Handles biological materials and lab equipment.  Exposure to blood borne pathogens, chemical fumes, and other hazardous agents.

Background: US Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold Department of Defense issued Secret Clearance.

To send a cover letter, please forward to recruiter at [email protected] and include your experience as it relates to the requirements and please specifically include your experience with ELISA and/or Luminex.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief of Human Resources Officer.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.