Life Scientist II (Naval Medical Research Unit)

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Updated: October 31, 2019
Job ID: 215300
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Dayton, OH, United States

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HJF is seeking a Life Scientist II to support the Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton (NAMRU-D) located at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. HJF provide scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NAMRU-D.  

Incumbent will support cell-based and animal research studies on environmental and occupational exposures in order to identify effects before health and operational performance are compromised in the warfighter. Cell-based studies include the use of in-vitro models, bacterial systems and molecular assays to address toxic effects and mechanisms. Animal studies may include, but are not limited to, exposures via gavage, in drinking water, in feed, intravenously, intraperitoneal, intratracheal, whole body inhalation, and nose-only inhalation.


  1. Works in collaboration with military and civilian researchers to design and conduct research in the areas of warfighter health and performance.
  2. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data. Makes detailed observations about experiments. Provides data analysis, statistical analysis and interpretation.
  3. Prepares technical reports, abstracts, journal articles, and conference presentations.
  4. Reports findings, outcomes and recommendations to the fleet through formal meetings, presentations, briefings and publications. 
  5. Daily routine set-up and maintenance of critical devices to include the preparation of devices for specific research protocols.
  6. Operates devices during testing and data collection. Performs preventive maintenance of devices.
  7. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  8. Establishes and maintains databases for research projects.
  9. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Provides leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  10. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  11. Coordinates the activities of research assistants and provides training as necessary and/or appropriate.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills. Toxicology research devices include, but are not limited to, various behavioral, physiologic and medical monitoring equipment, in vivo inhalation exposure systems, in vitro cell culture systems, analytical equipment for monitoring chemicals in animal tissues, and various exposure media (e.g., air, water, feed).

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: BA/BS or MA/MS degree in appropriate field of research, including but not limited to toxicology, biology, environmental health, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, and biomedical sciences.

Minimum Experience:  4 to 6 years of laboratory experience.

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals.

Security Clearance: U.S. Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold a Secret Security Clearance. 

Work Environment: Office and laboratory environment.

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.