Research Associate II

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Updated: December 19, 2019
Job ID: 215358
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Virginia Beach, VA, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Associate II to support the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) located at Joint Exped Base in Little Creek, VA. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CNRM. 

The Research Associate II will support research conducted at Little Creek, VA under the Uniformed Services University on the Investigating training associated blast pathology (INVICTA) study. The research associate will be primarily responsible for biospecimen collection and processing (blood, urine and hair) from SEAL personnel and SEAL qualifiers as well as controls who volunteer to participate in the study.    


  1. Manage the biospecimen collection (blood/urine/hair) process to include phlebotomy, sample processing, execution of complex laboratory tests, sample preparation for distribution/shipment to a central repository and/or collaborator.  
    • Performs blood and serum processing according to Federal and State regulations.
    • Performs phlebotomy and labels specimen containers collected from study participants in accordance with Good Clinical Practice.
    • Coordinates collection and transport of specimens to include generating a log to ensure accountability of specimen movement.
    • Coordinate and communicate clearly with study participants and appropriate members of the research team before, during and after sessions to ensure smooth conduct of study procedures.
    • Establish sufficient familiarity with research protocol through reading, training and practice, in order to be able to accurately and consistently following the IRB approved research protocol explicitly.
  2. Manage all laboratory/biospecimen processing tasks including related record keeping, in strict accordance with established standard operating procedures. 
  3. Manage the lab supplies inventory: complete purchase requisitions and ensures that the lab is well stocked at all times.
  4. Train study team members in techniques, procedures and tasks of primary competence to ensure adequate back-up support.     
  5. Complete training to ensure competency in the administration of other study-related assessments and activity, including clinical, neurocognitive and physiological assessments of research subjects, to be able to fill in for, or supplement the efforts of, other research staff.
  6. Assist in the training and supervision of other study staff with regard to the collection and processing of biospecimens so that they are able to provide appropriate coverage when necessary.
  7. Assist the PI, co-PIs, and site leader in coordinating optimal assessment schedules for each study participant, encompassing ensuring optimal staffing schedules. 
  8. Record, enter, and assist with the analysis of study data.
  9. Assists with the writing and editing of experimental results for publication in technical and peer-reviewed journals.  
  10. Work with the PI and other study staff on writing abstracts for scientific meetings and corresponding papers for publication in journals.
  11. Assist the principal investigator and other study staff as needed. 
  12. Mentor junior staff.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Minimum 2 years’ experience with clinical research projects. Phlebotomy experience in a clinical or research setting required.  Skills in managing biospecimens, including storage and management of inventories and ability to effectively set priorities to meet deadlines.  Interpersonal skills, to include communication and listening, as well as ability to interact calmly in a positive manner with, and establish rapport with, individuals who may sometimes exhibit anxiety or irritability. Professional appearance and demeanor important. Multi-tasking capability desirable. Must be attentive to detail and able to adhere closely to study procedures and direction of supervisory staff. Completion of appropriate CITI certification in the conduct of clinical research. 

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in nursing or other medical/research-related field preferred.
Minimum Experience:  2 to 4 years of relevant clinical research experience.
Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of sitting and standing, handling of human samples, including working in a remote desert environment.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Phlebotomy Certificate required.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Provides guidance for, and supervision of, other research team members, particularly with regard to laboratory activities and biospecimen processing.

Work Environment: Office as well as field environment, including work in mobile trailers in the San Diego area and in desert locations. Research activity may require work on weekends and at times outside regular office hours on weekdays.  

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