Research Assistant

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation - Bethesda, MD4.0

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HJF is seeking Research Assistant to support the research laboratories of Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at the Uniformed Services University in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. Works closely with research staff at various levels, including CHAMP research director, principal investigator(s), project manager(s), and senior research staff to conduct administrative tasks, and biological laboratory procedures. The Research Assistant will provide scientific, technical and programmatic support services in the human, animal, cell culture, and molecular laboratories and will be under the supervision of the CHAMP research director.


Provides support to senior research staff in coordinating study research protocols and ensuring protocol compliance (e.g. DoD and Federal regulations). Follows and ensures strict laboratory safety procedures and safety checks as well as staff training are met.

Work closely with staff personnel in the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), molecular/biochemical research laboratory, and animal laboratory. Research duties will include, but are not limited to collecting, organizing, inputting and analyzing data gathered from research protocols, either in-house or field studies. Will be responsible for keeping detailed logbook of all experiments.

Carries out biochemical assay testing such as ELISA, Western Blot, DNA/RNA extraction, qRT-PCR, and a number of other biochemical assays.

Assists in conducting day-to-day management of laboratory tasks and laboratory testing. Maintains and acquires reagents and expendable materials for operation of the laboratory.

Ensures the cleanliness of the laboratory spaces (HPL, animal, cell culture, and molecular laboratories) used and the proper preventive maintenance, calibration, operation, and quality control of laboratory equipments. Ensures all equipment is functioning at an optimal level and coordinates with contractors with any maintenance issues.

Ensures laboratory staff adhere to laboratory procedures and policies.

Maintains an accurate inventory of laboratory supplies and places order when necessary.

Assists with study recruitment, scheduling, and consenting of volunteer research subjects; able to carefully explain the nature of the studies and research procedures to study participants.

Assists senior scientists and principal investigators to prepare and present abstracts and manuscripts at scientific conferences and peer-reviewed journals.

Participates in laboratory meetings and activities.

Works with graduate students and summer students (undergraduate, graduate, medical or other) and assists them in projects

Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of human research and laboratory procedures; ability to meet deadlines of projects; good communication and analytical skills. Basic knowledge in psych-biology, applied biology, biochemistry, biostatistics, Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint), as well as familiarity with SPSS and other data analytic techniques.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Undergraduate degree in biology, biochemistry or another medical applied science. Having EMT certification along with laboratory experiences can be advantageous but not a requirement.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of molecular laboratory experience.

Physical Capabilities: The incumbent must be in good physical health and have adequate physical strength, conditioning, agility and dexterity to regularly demonstrate treadmill walking/running, and for moving to and from the platform of the elevated treadmill when monitoring subjects during testing.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Must have either CPR/BLS certification or willing to take the require certification.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The incumbent works under the direction of the CHAMP research director/principal investigator(s) /project manager(s) who determines objectives and the nature of desired results and gives advice on work in progress. The position requires independent work under the broad policy and research guidelines provided by the CHAMP research director. Work will be reviewed by the research director and other investigators from the facility. Additionally, it will be reviewed for application of research methods and practices in achieving results and adherence to research protocols.

Work Environment: Work is performed in a biochemistry laboratory and an exercise laboratory: (a) exercise laboratory has a significant noise level during exercise testing; however, hearing protection is not required.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.

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.