Research Associate II

Collaborative Health Research Initiative Program (CHIRP)
Job Location
Bethesda, MD 20814
Job Description

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) seeks an experienced Research Associate to support next-generation sequencing and genomic profiling methodologies in the Laboratory Core for the Collaborative Health Research Initiative Program (CHIRP) at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. CHIRP is a collaborative precision medicine research program between the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense with a focus on heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CHIRP.


  1. Evaluates input sample quality and generates diverse types of sequencing libraries from nucleic acid samples.
    1. Plans and conducts genomic profiling experiments under the supervision of the Laboratory Core Manager.
    2. Conducts library clustering and sequencing runs on Illumina and other available platforms.
    3. Performs and interprets quality control of primary data and generates output data from bioinformatics pipeline.
    4. Investigates library and sequencing run failures and implements solutions.
      1. Maintains up-to-date training for laboratory protocols and workflows for genomic methodologies.
      2. Conducts critical laboratory record keeping in laboratory notebooks and laboratory information management system.
      3. Performs routine data analysis and reporting.
        1. Assists with the report of experimental results for publication in technical and peer-reviewed journals.
        2. May provide guidance to lower level laboratory staff.
        3. Performs routine laboratory maintenance including individual regulatory training.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of complex molecular biology laboratory procedures; experience with nucleic acid isolation, handling and quality control, 2+ years experience with library production for next-generation sequencing methodologies, experience with running next-generation sequencing platforms (preferably Illumina) and associated automated liquid handling instruments (e.g., QiaSymphony, Hamilton STAR, Biomek FXp); demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team in a deadline-driven environment; good communication and analytical skills

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master's degree in biological science discipline with laboratory experience

Minimum Experience: 2-4 years directly related laboratory research experience

Physical Capabilities: requires long periods of sitting and standing; good manual dexterity, handling of chemicals and reagents.

Work Environment: laboratory environment

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (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, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

About Our Organization

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global organization dedicated to advancing military medical research. 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.

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