BioRepository Technician/Research Assistant

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Updated: November 9, 2019
Job ID: 215247
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Rockville, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a BioRepository Technician/Research Assistant to support the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB) located in Rockville, Maryalnd. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DCB.

The incumbent will support efforts of the Specimen Processing Laboratory and BioRepository (SPL/BioR) within the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB), for the US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP). The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to Perform specimen handling for long term archival storage, retrieval, inventory, and disposal activities; to prepare aliquots and/or specimens and related data for shipment/transfer to outside laboratories, collaborators, and investigators/Institutions. The incumbent will package and ship samples to US and International Laboratories for further testing as required by IRB-approved protocols.  He/She will perform 100% verification of all incoming and outgoing shipments. The incumbent will also support activities within the SPL/BioR such as receipt, accession, data entry, processing of biospecimens for clinical research, sponsored clinical trials, non-clinical research, and clinical testing. The incumbent will perform tasks in the BioR in strict accordance with Biobanking Best Practices, (NIH and ISBER), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP), and accrediting agencies as required. 


  1. Performs specimen handling for long term archival storage, retrieval, inventory, and disposal activities; prepares aliquots and/or specimens and related data for shipment/transfer to outside laboratories, collaborators, and investigators/institutions.
  2. Receives and verifies shipments, inventories Freezers, and documents the receipt of the shipments in accordance with SOPs.
  3. Performs specimen processing (serum, plasma, PBMC, leukopak) in support of IRB-approved clinical trials as needed when the facility receives a high number of specimens for processing. 
  4. Visually inspects specimens for quality and documentation for data accuracy, and enters data into electronic specimen tracking systems, e.g, Freezerworks, LDMS, Global Trace, Q-Pulse. 
  5. Helps write, revise, update, SOPs for new projects/clinical trials. 
  6. Works with Laboratory Management to mitigate risk and implement solutions leading to quality improvement of BioR workflow and activities.
  7. Works with the Laboratory Supervisor and Laboratory Manager to implement CAP/CLIA requirements for a BioRepository with the goal of reaching CAP accreditation.
  8. Performs preventive, routine daily, weekly, monthly, and annual maintenance on BioR equipment as required.
  9. Conducts BioR activities in compliance with Bio banking standards NIH, ISBER, and GCLP.
  10. Maintains and promotes a clean, safe work environment. Wears appropriate personal protective equipment as designated by laboratory and Biorepository areas.
  11. Performs all other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of laboratory terminology and safe work practices. Ability to follow standard operating procedures, work in a team environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Excellent laboratory, technical, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently once trained and maintains excellent records with a keen attention to detail.  

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelors degree in science field. 

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  None required. IATA certification will be a plus.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of laboratory specimen processing experience. Biorepository experience is preferred. Previous experience working in a regulated environment a plus. 

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires ability lift 50 lbs. and move around several laboratory areas. The individual must be able to work in a laminar flow hood for handling of infectious agents, as well in a extreme low temperatures using appropriate PPE. Fine motor coordination in manipulation of laboratory materials is essential. The individual must be able to stand and/or sit for lengthy periods to include, but not limited to, processing of specimens, operation of instrumentation, and data analysis at a computer terminal.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The incumbent will report to the Laboratory Supervisor of the Specimen Processing Laboratory/BioRepository, Department of Laboratory Diagnostics and Monitoring, US Military HIV Research Program. 

Work Environment: Laboratory and Biorepository. The incumbent will handle biospecimens, bio-hazardous materials, and potentially infectious human specimens to include, but not limited to, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes, HTLV, syphilis infected material. The incumbent will be expected to practice safe handling of infectious materials and hazardous chemicals. 

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday

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.