Research Assistant 3

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Updated: September 12, 2019
Job ID: 215121
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Quality Control Research Assistant II to support the Vaccine Research and Development program (VDP) within 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 works independently to perform release and stability assays in support of the Vaccine Research and Development program (VDP). Maintain clear and accurate records in compliance with GLP / GMP guidelines. Assist in the collection of data and preparation of summary reports. 2 to 4 years of experience with basic cell culture and sterile technique, and virus work is highly desired. The ability to work in a BL1/2 environment and knowledge of computers is essential. Must have at least 1 to 2  years prior GMP/GLP experience performing immunological assays.


  1. Ensure compliance with all applicable current regulations such as GMP/GLP, ICH, and other regulatory status as written.
  2. Ensure that laboratory cleanliness and safety standards are maintained.
  3. Assist and perform GMP/GLP assays independently once trained for the QC testing of MVA-HIV vaccines to support cGMP production and the stability program.
  4. Assist and perform production of viral stocks for research or to produce internal laboratory standards.
  5. Maintain cell lines for use in GMP/GLP assays in the laboratory.
  6. Harvest CEF cells from 10 day old live chicken embryos.
  7. Write and revise SOPs, forms and LTMs with minimal supervision. 
  8. Assist in the preparation of technical reports, or summaries for presentation to senior staff.
  9. Review and draw meaningful conclusions from laboratory data.
  10. Assist in the performance and writing of investigational protocols.
  11. Perform assay development with supervision.
  12. Operate laboratory equipment and maintain equipment logbooks for the operation and maintenance of equipment.
  13. Prepare shipments of test articles for various projects.
  14. Perform investigations and prepare documentation in relation to OOS’s and deviation reports.
  15. Meet all necessary training obligations as required by VDP MHRP/HJF and WRAIR; maintain current and accurate records of each.
  16. Develop and maintain laboratory databases.
  17. Must be able to fulfill requirements to obtain and maintain a Common Access Card, and access to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
  18. Record temperatures or perform other work on weekends as needed, typically once or twice per month.
  19. Perform international shipping following international regulations and GMP regulations of GMP production materials and raw materials.
  20. Create laboratory schedule and guidance for more junior lab members.
  21. Train other laboratory technicians and provide technical advice.
  22. Perform materials management activities to track laboratory reagent use and provide for timely acquisition of released raw materials.
  23. Assist in developing a materials management system.
  24. Maintain disposables in the laboratory. 
  25. Maintain logbooks for equipment and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for all raw materials and intermediates/final products.
  26. Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Excellent laboratory and technical skills; ability to work comfortably in a biosafety level 1 laboratory with MVA; ability to work independently once trained; must have strong organizational skills and be detail-oriented; ability to keep clear and accurate records; excellent communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: BS in a Life Sciences Field.

Minimum Experience:  4-6 years laboratory experience; Familiarity with laboratory research with emphasis on cell biology and immunology techniques including cell culture and sterile technique; basic computer experience using word processing and spreadsheets.

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires movement around and between several laboratories, and long periods of sitting at laboratory bench.  Fine motor coordination in a manipulation of laboratory material is essential.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The incumbent will be under the supervision of a QA/QC Manager or Designee with Henry M. Jackson Foundation located at WRAIR Forest Glenn Annex.

Work Environment:  Henry M. Jackson Foundation located at WRAIR Forest Glenn Annex. The incumbent will handle biohazardous materials, and be expected to practice safe handling of hazardous chemicals. This laboratory is densely populated and requires 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.