Research Assistant

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Updated: April 2, 2019
Job ID: 214631
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP.

The Structural Biology group within the US Military HIV Research Program is seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to ongoing research in our lab in Silver Spring. The Research Assistant will be involved in the day-to-day operations of the lab, working with Principal Investigator, Staff Scientist, Post-Doctoral Fellows and interacting with collaborators from across the Program. The researcher is expected to assist in experiments from protein purification, antigenic assessment, immunogen preparation, and structural studies.


  1. Execute experiments, draw initial conclusions, and make recommendations to senior staff.
  2. Perform a variety of purification protocols as needed for various research projects.
  3. Operating micropipettes, centrifuges, FPLC, and other types of required laboratory equipment. 
  4. Establish and follow appropriate lab protocols to ensure safe and reproducible results. 
  5. Contribute to the ordering of reagents and other consumables, and keeping track of inventory.
  6. Assist senior scientists and post-doctoral fellows to evaluate proposals, monitor projects, and communicate with laboratory points of contact. 
  7. Performs most research assignments independently with instructions as to the general results expected, including collection and organization of data. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation.  
  8. Maintain appropriate documentation and accurate records.
  9. Attends and presents at laboratory meetings and job related trainings.
  10. Maintain current knowledge by participating in scientific trainings or conferences and reading specialty journals.
  11. Follows all MHRP and WRAIR safety procedures and completes required training in a timely manner; Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes workplace safety.
  12. Performing other tasks as required 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and be goal-oriented;  
  •  Laboratory organization and operation knowledge; 
  • Basic protein purification and antigenic assessment knowledge;
  • Project planning, implementation and data analysis;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. 

Minimum Education:  Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, or a related field. 

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of professional or academic experience in the laboratory setting.

Physical Capabilities: Work involves long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment; may require working evenings and weekends. The candidate may handle biohazardous materials or hazardous chemicals, and is expected to practice safe handling. The laboratory is densely populated and will require good interpersonal skills for effective job performance.

Background: Must have lived in the US 3 out of the past 5 years; eligible to pass a NACI background.

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.