Research Assistant II (Mice Tumor Model) - Pathology Department - Bethesda, MD

Updated: May 5, 2020
Job ID: 215818
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant II to support the Department of Pathology located at The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Department of Pathology. 

The incumbent performs research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects.  Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff. Solves problems of standard complexity in carrying out research projects in a laboratory environment. Our lab uses molecular biology, proteomics, cell biology and animal models to decipher novel therapeutics including immunotherapy in the context of metastatic breast cancer.


  1. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Ensures the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  2. Applies quality control measures as outlined/required by the protocol. Provides basic data analysis.
  3. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data, and maintaining databases. Makes detailed observations on experiments.
  4. Assists in the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations.
  5. Follows instructions and standard operating procedures to perform expected tasks. May provide basic instruction to other lab staff.
  6.  Performs mouse tumor experiments including tumor cell injection subq, IV, IP, tumor measurements using caliper, euthanasia, tissue collection and culture of mouse cells.
  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 standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills, Document experiments, ability to follow written and verbal instructions, precision, ability to work weekends, take public transport. Exposure to lab techniques such as qRT PCR, western blotting, molecular biology techniques and cell culture techniques. Animal model experience.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 3-5 years of relevant work experience required. 

Work Environment: Set in a 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.