Research Assistant (Part-time)

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Updated: August 13, 2019
Job ID: 215003
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a part-time 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 Humoral Immunology Laboratory within the Military HIV Research Program is looking for a candidate to work part-time providing technical support, while gaining laboratory experience. Hours can be flexible around class schedules with 16+ hours a week. The employee must be available durning facility designated service hours (biohazardous waste and lab coat collection). The Humoral Immunology Laboratory studies the role of humoral immunity in HIV pathogenesis and vaccine development. The new hire will perform basic laboratory duties in support of research staff, including administrative tasks and lab maintenance. Applicants must have excellent attention to detail, ability to maintain accurate records, learn new skills quickly, and work independently following training. Minimal experience is required. Basic understanding of biological techniques, including aseptic technique, and ability to work in a BSL2 environment would be beneficial. The primary role will be in laboratory maintenance but other duties and projects may be assigned depending on the abilities of the person hired.


  1. Assists in general laboratory maintenance.
  2. Maintains common supply stocks.
  3. Prepares buffers and reagents as needed.
  4. Disposes of biohazardous trash and recyclable materials properly.
  5. Maintains reagent and specimen inventories.
  6. Cleans and sterilizes glassware and other materials.
  7. Adheres to established laboratory safety procedures and guidelines.
  8. Other duties as assigned.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to keep detailed and complete records.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to learn and ability to learn new skills quickly.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:

  • High School Diploma.
  • Introductory college level courses in biology and chemistry.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years laboratory experience (can include student work experience).

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires movement around and between several laboratories, with some sitting at laboratory benches. May require long periods of standing, although breaks will be provided as required and needed. Fine motor coordination in manipulation of laboratory materials is essential.

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.