Research Assistant I

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Updated: April 2, 2020
Job ID: 215684
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant I to support Military Emergency Medicine (MEM) and Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) located at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUSHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MEM/CHAMP. 

The incumbent will perform cellular and animal research under scientific supervision, provide laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff. Additionally, they will manage the day-to-day operations of the lab, including ensuring inventory is up to date, preparation of reagents, cleaning, and organization. As well as handling minor problems while carrying out research projects in a laboratory environment and can offer support when dealing with larger issues.


  1. Performs in vitro research projects, including cell culture, microscopy, immunofluorescence, western blotting, and ELISA. Work with multiple cell types is likely and applicants should be confident in their sterile procedure. Follows instructions and standard operating procedures. (40%)
  2. Performs in vivo research projects related to animal handling, oral gavage, survival surgery, and tissue collection. Should be comfortable working with rodents. Follows instructions and standard operating procedures. (30%)
  3. Manages and organizes laboratory supplies, ensures inventory is up to date and sufficient, and maintains lab readiness. Ensures proper cleanliness and sanitation in accordance with Good Clinical and/or Good Laboratory practices. (10%)
  4. Maintains clear and accurate data collection records in accordance with Good Clinical and/or Good Laboratory practices. (10%)
  5. Assists in the preparation of reports, protocols, posters, publications, and grants. Mainly proofreading and editing however opportunities for writing may become available with sufficient skill. (10%)
  6. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow detailed instructions; good communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Animal Science, etc. 

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements:  0-2 years of relevant work experience required. 

Background/Security: 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.