Laboratory Technician

Updated: August 1, 2019
Job ID: 215107
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Laboratory Technician to support the Wound Infections Department Infectious Diseases Directorate located at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Wound Infections Department. 

Responsibilities are to perform a variety of procedures in a microbiology and immunology lab under the supervision of staff scientists, and to assist with animal infection studies.  


  1. Uses independent judgment to perform basic to advanced bacteriology and immunology procedures to include pipetting, bacteriology isolation techniques, staining slides and microscope work, tissue culture, flow cytometry, serological assays, and molecular biology techniques.
  2. Assist with small and large animal experimental procedures in accordance with Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approved protocols.
  3. Assist with research experiments, procedures, tests and compile results for principal investigators.
  4. Independently provides solutions to experimental questions and objectives.
  5. Set up, operate, modify and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus.
  6. Creates written lab reports, data slides and scientific briefings in support of departmental briefings and conference presentations.
  7. Performs required quality control procedures for every test done and keeps a record in the designated logbook or worksheet.
  8. Presents posters, attends conferences and networks on behalf of the department at both internal and external research opportunities.
  9. Sees that equipment is in good working order or is repaired as needed and supplies are reordered as necessary.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Technical knowledge of microbiology, immunology, and current research technologies and practices, advanced knowledge of laboratory equipment and laboratory safety procedures, skilled in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, graphic, email software, skilled in the use of aseptic techniques, ability to plan and prioritize work, ability to pipette, use microscopes, and perform staining procedures, ability to identify and distinguish different colors, ability to correctly transcribe laboratory results, ability to follow standard operating procedures, ability to interface with investigators, vendors, research staff, and study participants.; knowledge of and skill in tissue culture technique and handling biological hazards and their safe use and disposal.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Microbiology, Medical Technology or related field.

Minimum Experience: 0 to 2 years’ experience.

Physical Capabilities:  Handles variety of chemicals; requires long periods of standing; Animal Handling responsibilities.

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment, Animal Research environment.

Background: U.S. Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and maintain a Security 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.