Research Associate
Bethesda, MD 
Posted Today
Job Description

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HJF is seeking a Research Associate to support the Radiation Countermeasures Program within the Scientific Research Department (SRD) in the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) located in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to SRD/AFRRI.

The incumbent is responsible for research and/or development in collaboration with others and provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff.


  1. Plans, conducts, and completes investigations under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
  2. Performs laboratory research projects using a small animal model, as well as a large animal model, including collection and organization of data, biochemical assays from animal sources, makes detailed observations about experiments, and provides basic data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Assists in the preparation of technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  4. Conducts lab work using cellular and molecular biology techniques, maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  5. Works collaboratively with peers to develop quality project protocols, data analysis summaries, research summary reports, presentations, annual reports, scientific research related materials and manuscript publications.
  6. Performs data entry for research projects and maintains databases.
  7. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor and departmental leadership.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of complex laboratory procedures; ability to meet deadlines of projects; good communication and analytical skills. Experience with statistical, graphing, and other relevant software applications (SPSS, GraphPad Prism, SIGMAPLOT, MS Office, EndNote, matlab, etc.) in statistical analysis, data science, and bioinformatics applications. Must also have good writing skills.

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

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

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

Work Environment: Laboratory environment.

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.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
0 to 2 years
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