Research Assistant

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Updated: June 6, 2019
Job ID: 214797
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant to support the research in Dr. Kim Williamson’s laboratory within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

The Research Assistant is responsible for research and/or project development in collaboration with others. Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff. Prior in vitro cell culture and animal handling experience preferred.


  1. Analyze of the growth and development of malaria parasites using in vitro cell culture techniques and rodent malaria model systems.
  2. Perform standard molecular biology experiments and immunoassays, including flow cytometry.
  3. Isolation of human peripheral white blood cell populations for transcript analysis.
  4. Evaluate and interpret laboratory test results.
  5. Maintain clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  6. Perform data entry for research projects and maintain databases.
  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.  Strong background in molecular biology and microbiology required.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline with a strength in molecular or cell biology.

Minimum Experience:  0 to 2 years’ experience.

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

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment.

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.