QA/QC Specialist

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Updated: December 3, 2019
Job ID: 215233
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a QA/QC Specialist to support the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB) located at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DCB. 

The incumbent is responsible for supporting and ensuring the Quality Assurance and Quality Control practices are met in the College of American Pathologists (CAP) certified HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory (HDRL), and the Leishmania Diagnostics Laboratory (LDL) within the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB). The incumbent will also work with Laboratory Directors and Managers to implement Good Clinical Laboratory Practices across DCB’s Technology Assessment Laboratory and their Specimen Processing Laboratory and BioRepository. The incumbent will work in a team environment to assure compliance with internal specifications and/or Standards as well as all CAP/CLIA/FDA regulatory agency requirements.


  1. Supports Quality Assurance Manager/Team Lead to ensure CAP/CLIA/FDA regulatory compliance in all aspects of laboratory operations.
  2. Monitors, tracks pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical performance and advises QA Manager/Team Lead when performance standards are not met.
  3. Reviews maintenance records, charts/documents, maintain QA records.
  4. Conducts internal audits of various Diagnostic, Research and Specimen Processing sections.
  5. Conducts monthly reviews of Patient Records.
  6. Reviews, maintains Corrective Action Logs, and ensures corrective actions are completed documented, tracked and trended.
  7. Conveys QA/QC data and audit findings in a concise and professional manner.
  8. Writes, reviews SOPs, verification/validation Protocols and Reports.
  9. Reviews, edits, and version control all documents using MasterControl (SOPs, Policies, Worksheets, etc.) as they pertain to DCB activities.
  10. Performs Sub-system Administrator tasks in MasterControl.
  11. Maintains personnel 6-part training folders and assists with training requirements.
  12. Maintains Proficiency Testing records, receipt of PTs, tracking PT assignments, pre- submission review, and review of the post evaluation Reports.
  13. Works with QA Manager/Team Lead to maintain the laboratory website.             
  14. Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Excellent laboratory, technical, communication and interpersonal skills.  Ability to work independently once trained and maintains excellent records with a keen attention to detail. Knowledge of GMP, GCP, GCLP and or CAP/CLIA/FDA regulatory requirements and experience working in a GCLP, GMP, CAP/CLIA and/or FDA accredited laboratory. Excellent record keeping and organizational skills.

Minimum Education Requirements: BS in science field or Medical Technology.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Certification as Medical Technologist, ASCP or equivalent certification is preferred.

Minimum Experience: 2 - 4 years of experience working in the QA field.  Good computer skills are required for effective job performance. Knowledge of Macintosh and PC related Software, Microsoft Excel, FileMaker Pro, MasterControl, Q-pulse or LabWare a plus.

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires ability to sit for lengthy periods to include, but not limited to data entry at a computer terminal.

Supervisory Controls: The incumbent will report directly to the DCB QA Manager.

Work Environment: 503 Robert Grant Avenue, building 503 and 9100 Brookville Road, building 508, Silver Spring, MD Laboratories, and 13 Taft Court, Rockville MD, the Specimen Processing Laboratory and Biorepository. The incumbent will work in laboratory environments that handle bio-hazardous materials, and infectious human specimens to include, but not limited to, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes, HTLV, and syphilis infected material. This laboratory supports work of investigators of diverse scientific disciplines and nationalities and requires good interpersonal skills for effective job performance.

Background: Must have lived in the US 3 out of the past 5 years; eligible to pass a NACI 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.