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HJF is seeking Medical Technologist I to support the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB) located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DCB.
The incumbent is primarily responsible for oversight and performance of molecular assays in the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory (HDRL), in the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB), within the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). The incumbent will perform assays/procedures in strict accordance with the laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Policies, Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP), accrediting bodies, and U.S. regulatory agencies to include the CAP, DoD Clinical Laboratory Information Program (CLIP), and the U.S. FDA. He/she will be responsible for preparing and analyzing samples, operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art instrumentation, and ensuring adherence to all quality control procedures in support of clinical diagnostic and clinical research initiatives.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent laboratory and technical skills. Ability to work independently once trained, excellent record keeping ability, excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to identify areas for process improvement for better efficiency.
Minimum Education/Certification Requirements: BS in science field required. Medical Technologist, ASCP or equivalent certification required.
Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of technical experience. General knowledge of robotic instrumentation for molecular nucleic acid testing, to include: HIV, HBV, HCV, GC/CT, Mycoplasma genitalium, and Trichomoniasis vaginalis nucleic acid assays; HIV-1 PCR/sequence techniques for viral drug resistance preferred. Experience in performing clinical testing in a regulated environment with emphasis in molecular techniques. Experience with Macintosh and PC related software to include EXCEL, Word and PowerPoint. Ability to create and edit documents, such as standard operating procedures. Comprehensive and detailed knowledge of accrediting and regulatory agency requirements, federal and state laws, knowledge of laboratory information management and automation, ability to recommend corrective actions and policy changes to correct deficiencies and improve laboratory programs is desirable.
Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires ability to move around and between several laboratory areas. 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 Controls: The incumbent will report to the Molecular Team Lead for the HIV Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory.
Work Environment: 9100 Brookville Road, BLDG. 508, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The incumbent will handle bio-hazardous materials, and infectious human specimens to include, but not limited to, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, GC/CT, M. gen, TV, HTLV, and syphilis infected material. The incumbent will be expected to practice safe handling of infectious materials and hazardous chemicals. This laboratory supports work of investigators of diverse scientific disciplines and nationalities and requires good interpersonal skills for effective job performance.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 0830-1700.
Complexity: The work requires interpretation and specific application of written procedures and policies. The primary tasks are repetitive in nature. Task complexity arises from the large number of detailed sequential operations and application of various clinical criteria and discriminatory parameters.
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.