Senior Research Associate

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Updated: April 1, 2020
Job ID: 215805
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Senior Research Associate to support the Department of Pediatrics located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Department of Pediatrics and USU. 

The incumbent performs and oversees research and/or development in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff within the technical area of thyroid cancer biomarker research. Exercises technical discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies. Supervises and provides direction for lower level Research Associates and laboratory staff.


  1. Performs complex data analysis and interpretation and makes recommendations from analyses. Performs administrative and managerial research work.
  2. Performs extremely complex laboratory tests, determinations, and analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches.
  3. Develops methods and procedures for experiments and investigations. Writes and edits experimental results for publication in technical and peer-reviewed journals. Summarizes results for inclusion in scientific and clientele-oriented publications.
  4. Supervises the work of assigned laboratory staff, including assigning and reviewing work, providing guidance, and conducting performance evaluations.
  5. Analyzes and prepares reagent and/or assay product documentation. Organizes and procures needed reagents, performs experiments, analyzes data, and documents results.
  6. Documents current or new procedures or protocols for sample selection, data collection, data processing, and/or statistical estimation.
  7. 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 extremely complex laboratory procedures; ability to meet deadlines of projects; good communication and analytical skills. Experience developing and applying novel techniques and assays to identify biomarkers specific to thyroid cancer. Demonstrated ability to analyze research results and translate into abstracts and manuscripts.

Minimum Education: Master’s degree required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 9-10 years of relevant work experience required.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment.

Background/Security: 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.