Laboratory Technician (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress)

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Updated: December 5, 2018
Job ID: 214274
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Laboratory Technician to support the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress within the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University (USU). HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Department of Psychiatry.

Responsibilities are to perform basic zebrafish care and facility maintenance duties, to assist supervisors with laboratory procedures and experiments, and to provide support in various areas as needed. Uses some judgment to define and resolve problems and make recommendations.


  1. Provide daily fish feedings.
  2. Record daily water parameters and report abnormal readings.
  3. Check fish health daily and report health issues to veterinary staff.
  4. Change system filters
  5. Cleaning, maintenance, and organization of tanks and aquaculture components.
  6. Support facility sanitation protocols.
  7. Assist in zebrafish breeding protocols and transfer embryos.
  8. Sees that equipment is in good working order or is repaired as needed and supplies are reordered as necessary.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Technical knowledge of scientific disciplines; knowledge of and skill in animal handling and husbandry; understanding of aquaculture equipment and maintenance, fish health and husbandry, and water chemistry are preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Associates degree in related scientific field (e.g., biology, health sciences, or other relevant area). Aquaculture/Marine Biology degree preferred.

Minimum Experience:  0 to 2 years in related responsibilities.

Physical Capabilities:  handles variety of chemicals; requires long periods of standing

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); 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 Human Resources Officer.