Research Assistant

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Updated: June 7, 2019
Job ID: 214718
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Viral Sequencing Core (VSC) and 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 incumbent is responsible for performing experiments of a molecular biological nature in support of research for the Viral Sequencing Core (VSC). They will also, provide laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff.


  1. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data. Makes detailed observations about experiments. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation.
  2. Assists with the preparation of technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  3. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  4. Performs data entry for research projects and maintains project databases.
  5. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Follow guidelines for the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  6. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of standard molecular biology laboratory techniques; ability to comprehend the science behind standard molecular biology laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline.

Minimum Experience: 0 – 2 years of relevant experience.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals and biological reagents. Candidate must be able to visually distinguish all visible colors.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment.

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.