Research Assistant II (Multiple Openings)

Updated: March 20, 2020
Job ID: 215800
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking multiple Research Assistant II’s to support the Translational Imaging Facility (TIF) with Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to TIF/CNRM. 

USU’s TIF collaborates with many different intramural federal programs involving the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), US Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Incumbent’s research efforts will include imaging applications with a concentration in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), Computed Tomography (CT) and Bioluminescence Imaging. 


  1. Perform as primary duty the acquisition of images and handling of small animals. Perform small animal on the imaging modalities of MRI/PET/SPECT/CT/Bioluminescence. This often involves injection of a contrast agent or radiotracer, anesthesia, instrument quality control and image acquisition. 
  2. Assist in image analysis, image post-processing, and make intellectual contributions on small animal research projects involving in vivo imaging techniques, such as quantitative MRI, PET, SPECT, CT or optical imaging. 
  3. Educate/Train researchers external to the lab on imaging capabilities and data analysis. Coordinate with collaborating investigators on imaging protocols and scheduling. 
  4. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety, required training and other procedures.  
  5. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean. 
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Safe and professional handling of small animals to include mice, rats and ferrets. Understanding of MRI, PET/SPECT/CT and Bioluminescence imaging as well as a basic background in radiation safety. Previous work with in-vivo small animal imaging particularly MRI/PET/SPECT/CT/Bioluminescence imaging and translational imaging techniques is preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: B.S. degree in a scientific discipline plus experience in directly related research in medical imaging. Laboratory training in animal handling.   

Minimum Experience: 3-5 years of relevant work experience.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting.

Work Environment: Laboratory/Office environment.

Security/ Background: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust and a Common Access Card (CAC).

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.