Research Assistant

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Updated: July 24, 2019
Job ID: 214868
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. Christopher Broder’s laboratory in 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 Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Responsible for research and/or project development in collaboration with others. Primary role will be to act as a research assistant to support the development serological tools for application in human and wildlife surveillance programs focused on exposure to henipaviruses (e.g. Nipah virus), filoviruses (e.g. Ebola virus) and coronaviruses (e.g. MERS-CoV). Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff.  


  1. Perform virus protein expression and purification for DTRA supported zoonotic virus research surveillance programs.
  2. Assist in stable cell line generation and maintenance. 
  3. Assist in the evaluation, interpretation and development of an ebolavirus/henipavirus serological assay.
  4. Responsible for streamlining and maintenance of reagent inventories.
  5. Performs data entry for research projects and maintains databases.
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques including but not limited to sterile cell culture, DNA cloning, protein expression and purification, western blotting; ability to follow detailed instructions; good communication and analytical skills. Strong molecular biology background required.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline with a strength in molecular biology. A plus if experience is in virology or microbiology.

Minimum Experience: 0 to 2 years of relevant 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.