GDIT is hiring a Research Assistant to join our team in support of the Naval Medical Research Center Infectious Disease Directorate (NMRC IDD) activities in Silver Spring, MD. The mission of the NMRC IDD is to research and develop countermeasures to protect Navy and Marine Corps personnel against infectious agents of military importance.
This position would provide support to the NMRC IDD Wound Infections Department by carrying out laboratory research procedures for working with multidrug resistant bacteria causing traumatic wound infections. Specific responsibilities include:
In this role, a typical day will include:
- Uses independent judgment to perform basic to advanced bacteriology and immunology procedures to include pipetting, bacteriology isolation techniques, staining slides and microscope work, tissue culture, flow cytometry, serological assays, and molecular biology techniques.
- Assist with small and large animal experimental procedures in accordance with Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approved protocols.
- Assist with research experiments, procedures, tests and compile results for principal investigators.
- Independently provide solutions to experimental questions and objectives.
- Set up, operate, modify and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus.
- Create written lab reports, data slides and scientific briefings in support of departmental briefings and conference presentations.
- Perform required quality control procedures for every test done and keeps a record in the designated logbook or worksheet.
- Present posters and attends conferences on behalf of the department at both internal and external research opportunities.
- Perform other duties as assigned
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- BS in Biology, Microbiology, Medical Technology or related field
- 1+ years of experience in a Laboratory environment – long periods of standing, handle variety of chemicals
- 2+ years of experience in an Animal research environment – MUST have animal handling responsibilities experience
- Technical knowledge of microbiology, immunology, and current research technologies and practices
- Knowledge of laboratory equipment and laboratory safety procedures
- Skilled in the use of word processing, spreadsheets, graphic and email software
- Skilled in the use of aseptic techniques
- Must be a US citizen with the ability to obtain a favorable NACLC T3 security investigation
- Ability to plan and prioritize work
- Ability to pipette, use microscopes, and perform staining procedures
- Ability to identify and distinguish different colors
- Ability to correctly transcribe laboratory results
- Ability to follow standard operating procedures
- Ability to interface with investigators, vendors, research staff
- Knowledge of and skill in tissue culture technique and handling biological hazards and their safe use and disposal.