Research Assistant

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Updated: November 22, 2019
Job ID: 214742
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) in the Translational Therapeutics Core under Dr. Regina Armstrong. This position is located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides administrative and management support to the CNRM.  

The CNRM research program focuses on developing treatments to alleviate the symptoms of military service members after traumatic brain injury (TBI).


  1. Conducts laboratory research projects in experimental models, including behavioral assessments and analysis of biomarkers and pathology, in collaboration with others.
  2. Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff.
  3. Collects and organizes data.  Makes detailed observations about experiments. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation.
  4. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks for experiments.
  5. Maintains training and compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Provides leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  6. Provides quality control, trouble shooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  7. Assists in scheduling experiments and coordinating steps for complex experiments.
  8. Assists in teaching techniques to other staff and students in the laboratory setting.
  9. Independently performs research projects to use the above techniques to address specific research questions as directed by supervisor.
  10. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Highly motivated and dedicated to mission of supporting research to help military traumatic brain injury patients; Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills. Research experience in experimental neuroscience; Knowledge and experience in experimental models of neurological/neuropsychiatric injuries and illnesses, along with relevant behavioral assessments, are particularly beneficial. 

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

Minimum Experience: 0 to 2 years of relevant laboratory experience. 

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; working with a various types of laboratory equipment; handling various chemicals.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment. May require intermittent after-hours/weekend duties.

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

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.