Research Assistant (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress)

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Updated: April 7, 2020
Job ID: 215698
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) located in Bethesda (Rockledge), MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CSTS. US Citizenship is required.

The Center’s work addresses a wide scope of trauma exposure from the consequences of combat, operations other than war, terrorism, natural and human-made disasters, and public health threats. CSTS is a part of our nation’s federal medical school, the Uniformed Services University Health Sciences (USUHS), and its Department of Psychiatry, as well as a partnering center of the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.  These affiliations represent the Center’s history, mission and future directions as a major contributor to our country’s understanding of the impact of trauma and the advancement of trauma-informed care. 

The incumbent will be responsible for research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects.  Will provide laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff. 


  1. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data.  Makes detailed observations about experiments.
  2. Assists in the preparation of technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  3. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  4. Performs data entry for research projects and maintains databases.
  5. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  6. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of basic computer programs; ability to follow detailed instructions; good written and verbal communication, organizational, and analytical skills. 

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science discipline; preferably in Psychology.

Minimum Experience:  0-2 years experience. 

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting. 

Work Environment:  Office 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.