Biological Technician II (Malaria Vaccine Branch)

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Updated: September 12, 2018
Job ID: 214165
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Biological Technician II to support the U.S. Military Malaria Vaccine Program (USMMVP) located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USMMVP.

The Biological Technician will support the Malaria Serology Laboratory (MSL) and the Malaria Vaccine Branch (MVB) which supports the USMMVP by testing malaria vaccine clinical trial samples and pre-clinical samples to assess vaccine potency and immunogenicity.


  1. Performs laboratory work in support of malaria pre-clinical, clinical, and field trials.
  2. Performs multiple assay platforms and ensures high clinical and non-clinical sample throughout to include the ELISA, Luminex, and IFA (Immunofluorescent antibody technique).
  3. Develops, troubleshoots, and conducts experiments in the area of molecular, biochemical, malaria parasitology or immunological assays. Technical skills and knowledge of molecular, biochemical, malaria parasitological or immunological assays as well as knowledge operating instrumentation are highly desired.
  4. Optimizing and validating multiple assay platforms to include the ELISA, Luminex, and or IFA assays. Perform and develop experiments in assay testing and development.
  5. Sustain a high degree of assay consistency and reproducibility of study data by adhering to GCLP standards.
  6. Regularly performs and maintains qualification of multiple ELISA assays.
  7. Maintains and operates MSL equipment to include but not limited to: ELISA plate washers and readers, Luminex, Nano drop, imaging systems, microscopes, and centrifuges. 
  8. Maintains and provides an up-to-date, well documented, neat laboratory notebook detailing experiments and results to laboratory management.
  9. Maintains GCLP, assay validation and other on the job training as required by HJF and or laboratory management.
  10. Maintains a safe workplace ensuring that he/she is aware of and observes appropriate safety an occupational health rules and regulations. The employee is required to attend safety training relative to his/her position and report any infractions of safety procedures to the facility safety officer.
  11. Assists laboratory management and principal investigators to prepare and present abstracts and manuscripts at scientific conference and peer-reviewed journals
  12. Assists with training laboratory staff and visiting scientists as required.
  13. Assists in day-to-day maintenance of laboratory, including experiment preparatory work and making reagent buffers as assigned.  Performs laboratory clean up and storage inventory duties as assigned.
  14. Participates in laboratory meetings and activities
  15. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:   Technical knowledge of scientific disciplines; knowledge of and skill in ELISA and immunological assays; handling biological hazards and their safe use and disposal; familiarity developing, troubleshooting, and conducting experiments in the area of molecular, biochemical, malaria parasitology or immunological assays, as well as knowledge operating instrumentation required for this task.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science required; Master’s preferred.

Minimum Experience:  4 to 6 years laboratory experience.

Physical Capabilities:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk, sit, use hands to manipulate objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear. Work may involve long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals and/or hazardous biological material. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:  The laboratory/office environment may require working evenings and weekends. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Background: This position will require eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

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 of Human Resources.