Research Assistant

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Updated: July 9, 2019
Job ID: 214703
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant to work in the Laboratory of Dr. Kari Johnson at the Department of Pharmacology at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USUHS.

Dr. Kari Johnson, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Research Assistant. Research in the Johnson Laboratory focuses on physiological adaptations in basal ganglia circuits that occur following chronic alcohol exposure in mice, and how these adaptations relate to cognitive impairments caused by alcohol. We are particularly interested in roles of G protein-coupled receptors in modulating neurotransmission at basal ganglia synapses and how these receptors modify behavior under both normal and pathological conditions.

ABOUT USUHS: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is the Nation's Federal Health Sciences University and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war. USUHS services the uniformed services and the Nation as an outstanding academic health sciences center with a worldwide perspective for education research service, and consultation and uniquely relates these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine and military medical readiness. The Department of Pharmacology & Molecular Therapeutics, at the Uniformed Services University, is located on the campus of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, adjacent to the National Institutes of Health and in close proximity to the biotechnology corridor in suburban Maryland. The area is rich in scientific opportunities and cultural offerings. For further information, visit our websites at


  1. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data.  Makes detailed observations about experiments. Techniques used will include stereotaxic surgery, in vivo manipulation of circuits using optogenetic and chemogenetic techniques, and behavioral pharmacology. Prior experience with these techniques is not required.
  2. Assists in the preparation of technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  3. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  4. Performs data entry for research projects and maintains databases.
  5. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  6. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:   Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow detailed instructions; good communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline

Minimum Experience:  0 to 2 years’ experience

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

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment

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.