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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing military medicine. We serve military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF's support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals.
This position will be in support of the Department of Microbiology.


HJF is seeking a Research Assistant I or II to perform research and development in the laboratory of Dr. Chou-Zen Giam in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. The Research Assistant will provide laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff and solves problems of standard complexity by carrying out research projects in a laboratory environment.
• Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures.
• Ensures the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
• Applies quality control measures as outlined/required by the protocol. Provides basic data analysis.
• Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data, and maintaining databases. Makes detailed observations on experiments.
• Orders supplies, chemicals and reagents and maintains lab inventory.
• Assists in the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations.
• Follows instructions and standard operating procedures to perform expected tasks. May provide basic instruction to other lab staff.
• May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• A B.S or M.S. degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, cancer biology, or microbiology is required.
• Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques and ability to follow general instructions.
• Independence, creativity, communication, analytical and writing skills and a strong academic record will be a plus.
. Experiences with recombinant DNA techniques, protein purification, DNA transfection, lentivirus and adenovirus vectors, CRISPR-Cas9, mammalian cell culture, T/B cell biology, reporter assays, and RT-PCR are highly desirable.
Physical Capabilities 
  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 10 lbs.
  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials over 25 lbs.
  • Ability to stand or sit at a computer for prolonged periods


Work Environment
  • This position will take place primarily in a laboratory setting.
Education and Experience
Research Assistant I 
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience required
Research Assistant II
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of 0-2 years experience required
All HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.
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, education and credentials, a criminal background check, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check if applicable.  Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer. 
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)