The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a Research Assistant I to support the Department of Vaccines and Medical Countermeasures (VMC) within the Biological Defense Research Directorate (BDRD), located in Frederick, Maryland. HJF provides administrative and management support to BDRD.
BDRD is a cutting-edge research program that works to protect service members and civilians from biological threats. Devising methods to combat biological warfare agents has been critical to ensuring the safety of U.S. service members and civilians. BDRD has long been a leader in biological weapons defense research. BDRD's laboratory at the Naval Medical Research Center was selected as one of just three national laboratories in the CDC Laboratory Response Network. This distinction is a direct result of BDRD's expertise in the field.
VMC is in immediate need of a research assistant experienced with small laboratory animals including injections, splenectomies, and phlebotomy; immunologic assays (e.g., ELISA, FACS) and cell culture assays; as well as basic microbiology skills.
1. Performs laboratory research projects, including experiments performed inside BSL-3 laboratories, collection and organization of data.
2. Assists in animal protocols including husbandry, immunizations and sample collection.
3. Demonstrates competence in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratory settings and procedures.
4. Records detailed observations about animal challenge experiments and/or other vaccine related projects. Provides basic immunological and microbiological data analysis and interpretation and maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
5. Performs data entry for research projects and maintains databases.
6. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety for BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories. Provides leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
7. Gains admittance to the Biological Personal Reliability Program including submitting to all interviews, tests, trainings, and any additional requests for working in a BSL-3 suite.
8. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Experience working with laboratory animals is a must, including basic husbandry and collection of biosamples. Basic microbiology skills such as sterile technique, propagation of microbial cultures and dilution plating are required as well as experience conducting immunological assays such as ELISA. Special consideration will be given to those with previous experience working under BSL-3 conditions. Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills; ability to meet deadlines of projects; must gain admittance to the Biological Personal Reliability Program including submitting to all interviews, tests, trainings, and any additional requests for working in a BSL-3 suite including multiple vaccinations. Must have animal handling experience and must comply with all safety procedures and training. Must be capable of working alone or with other members of the laboratory.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelors degree in a biological science.
Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of laboratory experience.
Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals. Works nights and weekends as necessary for animal experiments. Comfortable wearing a full-body Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR).
Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Must be a U.S. Citizen. Must be able to obtain and maintain Top Secret Security Clearance. Must able to obtain and maintain enrollment in Navy Biosurety Personnel Reliability Program.
Work Environment: Laboratory environment.
Please apply on-line at www.hjf.org/careers/open-jobs Click “Advanced Search” to enter job number 207720 in the Job Opening ID box.
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