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Christine Saint-Amand <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Research Associate (214869) - Microbiology

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Associate to support ongoing studies in Dr. Brian
Schaefer’s laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF
provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the
Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

A particular emphasis will be studies of the host response to viral infection
using a rodent model. Responsible for research and development in
collaboration with other scientific and technical staff.  Exercises technical
discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments that
contribute to project strategies. Previous technical expertise/experience
working with rodents is preferred. May require occasional work on evenings or
weekends, depending on the workload of the laboratory and the design of the


Plans, conducts, and completes complex experiments as directed by the
principal investigator. Assignments require the performance of complex
laboratory tests, determinations, and analyses involving multiple procedures
and a variety of technical approaches.
Performs in vitro and in vivo virus infections, determining viral titers via
histological, molecular and other approaches.
Analyzes host response to viral infections using histology, flow cytometry,
and other approaches.
Uses molecular biology techniques for preparing plasmid DNA vectors and
analyzing gene expression.
Performs analysis of protein expression and protein-protein interactions
using immunoblotting, immunoprecipitation and other protein biochemistry
Assists with the preparation of publication-quality figures and the writing
and editing of experimental results for publication in technical and
peer-reviewed journals.
Performs data analysis and ensures accuracy of tabulated data.
Works with other laboratory staff, as required, to complete ongoing projects.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Outstanding organizational
abilities and attention to detail; good understanding of animal biology and
molecular biology; strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to
interact in a professional manner with laboratory and University personnel.
Experience with rodent handling, molecular biology techniques (e.g., PCR),
flow cytometry, tissue culture and BSL-2/ABSL-2 procedures is highly

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Master’s degree in scientific

Minimum Experience: 0 to 2 years of directly related research experience.

Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of sitting and standing;
handling of various chemicals; working for extended periods with laboratory
animals; handling and performing procedures on laboratory animals; working in
high health-status barrier facilities wearing appropriate personal protective

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment and laboratory animal facility.

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to
obtain and hold a Public Trust 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.

Contact Person: Christine Saint-Amand
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