Research Assistant II

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Updated: June 25, 2019
Job ID: 214719
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant II 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 will be responsible for research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects in support for the Viral Sequencing Core (VSC). They will also, provide laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff.


  1. Performs laboratory Cloning and cell culture research projects, including collection and organization of data at a competent and professional level. 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 and curates all of the cloning and IMC databases.
  5. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Provides leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials. In 2N26 and2NSO.
  6. Provides quality control, troubleshooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment in the Cloning and Cell Culture lab.
  7. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of all standard cloning and cell culture laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication with VSC team and analytical skills.

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

Minimum Experience: 2 to 4 years of laboratory experience. Further educations, such as an MS may count towards years of 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.