Pathology Research Assistant II

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Updated: April 5, 2019
Job ID: 214500
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Pathology Research Assistant II to support the Clinical Breast Care Project located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Clinical Breast Care Project.

The incumbent provides laboratory and administrative support to the professional staff of the Clinical Breast Care Project in the procurement and usage of tissue and blood samples collected under IRB approved protocols. 


  1. Research and document pertinent clinical history for consented patients
  2. Monitor the OR and Breast Clinic schedules to accurately track patient enrollment
  3. Process patient blood samples (serum, plasma, RNA) for cryopreservation or in support of other protocols involving CBCP patients
  4. Assist the pathologists’ assistant in the procurement, labeling and archiving of breast and lymph node tissue samples
  5. Record pathology, treatment, and outcome data on the Case Report Form (CRF).
  6. Help maintain templates for weekly/monthly reports for CBCP
  7. Attend meetings with the Breast Center and Murtha Cancer Center (MCC) staff to resolve problems, make recommendations and maintain close and positive working relationships
  8. Transport specimens as needed from the Breast and Imaging Center to the Department of Pathology
  9. Prepare and ship frozen specimens to Biorepository at Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine (CSS)
  10. Ensure accurate tracking in the collection and shipment of all specimens and resolve discrepancies with the Department of Pathology and/or CSS
  11. Maintain accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks
  12. Maintain equipment and ensure Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are in compliance with established laboratory safety and regulatory guidelines.
  13. Order and stock supplies for the laboratory at WRNMMC and collaborating sites
  14. Maintain records and performs light administrative duties such as filing and copying as needed
  15. Assist Head Pathologist as needed with special projects, which may involve pulling samples from inventory, and researching and recording clinical data and/or completing Case Report Forms
  16. Perform other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of anatomic pathology, breast cancer or related scientific discipline.  Knowledge of and skill in handling biological hazards and their safe use and disposal.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Applications such as Word, Excel and Access a plus. Must be highly organized, have excellent communication skills and be able to work independently.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in related scientific field.

Minimum Experience:  2 or more years in pathology and/or experience as a research assistant with human use protocols.

Physical Capabilities:  Requires long periods of standing and walking.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Must complete CITI training

Work Environment:  Laboratory and office environment.

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

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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.