Research Assistant II

Updated: October 7, 2019
Job ID: 215259
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant II (RAII) to support the Battlefield Shock and Organ Support (B-SOS) Research Program at the Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Science in Bethesda. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to B-SOS Research Program. The incumbent will be responsible for prepping animals and experimental surgery facilities, coordinating appropriate veterinary support services for Principal Investigators, maintaining veterinarian and research records, and manage the daily health observations and treatments of all research animals.  The incumbent will assist with all aspects (planning, organizing, directing and implementation) of the research and/or development in collaboration with others, working to achieve the research mission. The incumbent will adhere to performance requirements, maintains conformance with specific operational standards and protocols and/or resolve technical problems appropriately. The incumbent will assist in carrying out clinical monitoring assessments and clinical evaluation measurements of research animals. Supervision will be provided by the Principal investigator and/or designated Lead Investigator(s); however, the employee is expected to exercise an appropriate level of   independence and initiative in the management of the animal laboratory research project within established guidelines. This position will require working some evenings, nights, and weekends depending on the workload of the laboratory.

Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in the logistical operation of animal protocols which include but not limited to: Preparation of surgical procedures, assist in all surgical procedures.
  2. Maintains well organized and detailed records including peri-operative and post-operative records of health, surgical records, laboratory notebook, and research records.
  3. Animal husbandry and animal care with Swine.
  4. Perform necropsy for tissue sample collection and tissue processing/analyses which include but not limited to: RNA isolation, purification, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), protein analysis, and histology.
  5. Assist swine surgery including (but not limited to) drug administration, intubation, catheter placement and anesthesia monitoring. Collect and record physiological data (pulse, respiration, heart rate, body temperature, etc.).
  6. Maintain supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean which include but not limited to monitoring inventories supplies and ordering supplies to replenish stock
  7. Perform 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.
  8. Perform preventative, routine daily, weekly, monthly, annual maintenance on laboratory equipment as required.
  9. Provide quality control, trouble shooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  10. Maintain and promote a clean, safe work environment. Wears appropriate personal protective equipment as designated by laboratory and Biorepository areas.
  11. Procure animal orders and maintain animal tracking uses for protocols.
  12. Assist with developing, implementing, maintaining and validating standard operating procedures (SOP) as required for the performance of the department.
  13. Present data at laboratory meetings and other informal venues.
  14. Performs other related duties to the work described herein.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  

  1. Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills
  2. Experience with hands-on knowledge of animal husbandry and animal care with Swine
  3. Experienced in performing necropsy for tissue sample collection and tissue processing/analyses which include but not limited to: RNA isolation, purification, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), protein analysis, and histology
  4. Experience with swine surgery including (but not limited to) drug administration, intubation, catheter placement and anesthesia monitoring. Collect and record physiological data (pulse, respiration, heart rate, body temperature, etc.)

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline

Minimum Experience:  2 to 4 years of laboratory 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.

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