Research Associate II

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Updated: January 29, 2019
Job ID: 214323
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Associate to support next-generation sequencing and genomic profiling methodologies in the Laboratory Core for the Collaborative Health Research Initiative Program (CHIRP) located at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CHIRP.

CHIRP is a collaborative precision medicine research program between the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense with a focus on heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders. The Laboratory Core supports additional programs for oncology, mental health and neurological disorders relevant to DoD service members and their dependents.

The Research Associate will execute and interpret general molecular biology including nucleic add isolation, sequencing library preparation and maintenance of next-generation sequencing instrumentation.


  1. Plans, conducts and completes diverse types of sequencing libraries from nucleic acid samples under the supervision of a staff scientist or director of the laboratory. This requires the performance of complex laboratory workflows, determinations, and analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches.
  2. Contributes to sequencing platform run setup, maintenance, washes and initiation. Provides qualitative and quantitative assessment of run performance and reports to study lead on performance metrics.
  3. Performs routine data analysis and verifies and corrects data entry, including isolating nucleic acid from a wide range of sample types, contributing to maintenance/washes of next generation sequencing instruments, providing general molecular biology support as required and contributing to supplemental genomic and transcriptomic profiling tasks.
  4. Maintaining clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  5. Lead process improvement for workflows, including designing and implementing automation and tracking components to laboratory tasks. Review and acquire knowledge base for novel methodological tasks. Develop and publish standard operating procedures for performance by junior staff technicians.
  6. Review, plan and independently track small- to medium-scale projects for collaborative studies. Generate progress reports and quality control reports to collaborators.
  7. May provide guidance to lower level laboratory staff.
  8. Performs other laboratory maintenance duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of complex laboratory

procedures; ability to meet deadlines of projects; good communication and analytical skills

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master's degree in scientific discipline or Bachelor's Degree with extensive experience in sequencing applications.

Minimum Experience: 1-4 years of directly related research experience

Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of sitting and standing; handling of various chemicals

Work Environment: Laboratory Environment

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.