Research Assistant II

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Updated: July 25, 2019
Job ID: 215100
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking Research Assistant II 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. 

Responsible for research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects. Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff.


  1. Performs laboratory assays, including collection and organization of data.  Makes detailed observations about experiments. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation, as directed by supervisor.
  2. Prepares technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  3. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  4. Performs data entry for research projects and maintains databases.
  5. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures.  Provides leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  6. Provides quality control, trouble-shooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  7. Trains and supervises Junior Staff.
  8. Ensures general lab chores are completed.
  9. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keep the laboratory area clean.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of standard and advanced laboratory techniques such us: ELISPOT and basis of Flow Cytometry: ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills.

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

Minimum Experience:  2 to 4 years of laboratory experience.

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Radiation Safety (WRAIR).

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.