Malaria Biologist
Clinical Research Management - Silver Spring, MD

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Growing and well-respected biomedical (clinical, basic and applied) research firm has openings at WRAIR . If you are passionate about research, and are looking for a firm that shares your passion, and provides competitive salaries with a strong benefits package, join the ClinicalRM team.

We are currently seeking a Malaria Biologist for the Silver Spring, Maryland area.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Maintain and monitor in vivo rodent malaria infections upon schedule and maintain laboratory records of microscopic examinations.
  • Prepare anopheline mosquitoes for infectious feeds on malaria-infected animals upon schedule for the production of rodent malaria infected mosquitoes.
  • Monitor parasite development in the infected mosquitoes by dissection and microscopic examination upon schedule and maintain laboratory records of microscopic examinations.
  • Isolate and characterize malaria parasites from infected mosquitoes.
  • Coordinate with collaborative researchers in the institute through supervisor(s) on the provision of rodent malaria infected mosquitoes upon schedule for their research studies.
  • Maintain records of mosquito malaria infections received from collaborators.
  • Work independently or collectively with other lab members on rodents required to maintain the mosquito colonies and rodent malaria infections; injection of anesthetic agents and parasites; execution of mosquito feeds; euthanasia of the animals and disposal of carcasses.
  • Evaluates infectivity and growth of genetically modified/attenuated parasites for use in various research studies and maintain transformed parasites in vivo as needed.
  • Participate or assist in human malaria culture maintenance and mosquito rearing and colony maintenance when assigned.
  • Conduct research studies on broad spectrum of human and rodent malaria to include but not limited to the parasite biology, their development and transmission, transmission blocking strategies, immunology of malaria and other infectious diseases, etc.
  • Under the supervision of and upon coordination with the Department Chief, write and submit research proposals on behalf of the department to obtain intramural or extramural research funding and grants.
  • Collect and organize laboratory data and provide basic data analysis.
  • Provide all job-related progress reports/technical reports as requested.
  • Regularly monitor the environmental conditions of the rodent malaria operation and mosquito holding chambers i. e. temperature and humidity according to the SOPs; report any irregular conditions immediately to the department chief, Insectary officer in charge, or lab manager; follow up and report on progress of repair.
  • Performs light duties and other related duties as required and assigned.
  • Participate in general laboratory housekeeping to include cleaning of glassware, disposing and transporting of biohazard materials and sharps.
  • Maintain orderly conditions and cleanliness of the facility and ensure equipment is clean and overall operations are neat and in order.
  • Maintain supplies in the laboratory by coordinating with the lab manager for purchase requests and stocking.
  • Provide technical assistance to CRM Headquarters as needed and participate on proposal writing projects when requested.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Doctorate degree in a scientific discipline such as biology, entomology, microbiology, parasitology, immunology, bacteriology, virology, zoology, biochemistry, biological technology, molecular biology, or other biological science-related discipline.
  • Experiences to include planning and conducting research studies, analyzing and interpreting research data, and fundamental laboratory techniques e. g. microscopic examination of specimens, preparation of reagents, and sterilization/disinfection techniques.
  • Experiences with malaria parasites or insect colonization are highly desirable.
  • Experiences in writing and submitting research grant proposals to secure funds are highly desirable.
  • Required to work with animals (mostly rodents) and insects (mostly mosquitoes).
  • Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: knowledge of applicable highly complex scientific procedures and techniques relating to position.
  • Physical Capabilities: work may involve long periods of standing; must be able to wear personal protective equipment as required for handling of chemicals and/or biological materials; good manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination is required for mosquito dissections; agility and moderate strength is required for mosquito rearing and colony maintenance operations (reaching, stretching, cleaning, lifting buckets of water, moving equipment, etc); color vision is required (not color blind).
  • Work environment: when assigned, required to work intermittently under laboratory environment at high temperature of up to 28°C and relative humidity of up to 80%; may require working evenings or weekends.
  • Must be able to work independently following a brief period of specific technical training.
  • Acquire and maintain the qualifications for animal use by attending classes and certifying for the institutional Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) and Rodent Handling Workshop; follow the established SOPs and Animal Use Protocol for handling rodents required by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); ensure that the requirements of the animal welfare act (AWA), Department of Defense regulations or animal welfare guidelines are followed while conducting rodent malaria, Plasmodium berghei , production, other zoonosis diseases, and mosquito colony maintenance.

Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Candidates for positions under ClinicalRM’s contracts with the Department of Defense (DoD) will be required to pass one or more background/security investigations conducted by the DoD, U.S. Army, or other Federal Government agency. Such investigations may include criminal records and credit history checks.

ClinicalRM is an Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity Employer

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