Bioinformatician Research Associate (212699)

Fort Detrick, Frederick
Apr 11, 2017
May 16, 2017
Full Time

Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is seeking a Bioinformatician Research Associate to support the Genomics Department located at the Biological Defense Research Directorate (BDRD) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to BDRD. Responsible for research and/ or development in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff to develop phage therapeutics & prophylactics. Exercises technical discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of scientific experiments that contribute to project strategies.


  1. Plans, conducts, and completes investigations under the supervision of the senior staff of the laboratory. Assignments require the performance of complex laboratory experiments which are related to advanced scientific research along with routine tests, determination and analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches.
  2. Collects and organizes data in support of current and future phage research projects including eIND related phage therapeutic work.
  3. Records detailed observations about experiments to support bacteriophage related patent applications. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation for submission of grant proposals.
  4. Assists with the preparation of technical reports, summaries, protocols, and standard operating procedures to accelerate research progress.
  5. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks to support preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and applications to FDA.
  6. Performs data entry for phage related research projects and maintains phage databases/stocks.
  7. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety to improve the quality of laboratory work environment.
  8. Follows and enforces guidelines for proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  9. Provides quality control, trouble shooting and the maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  10. Manages the bacteriophage library to support the future scientific works related to eIND and IND applications.
  11. Manages inventory of the clinical isolates of various bacteria critical for phage therapeutic research work.
  12. Supports training procedures for US Navy enlisted technicians, summer students and other laboratory personnel.
  13. Works nights/weekends as needed for the support of animal eIND work.
  14. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the work area clean.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of complex laboratory techniques related to phage research work.; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills; ability to meet deadlines of projects; must gain admittance to the Biological Personal Reliability Program including submitting to all interviews, tests, trainings, and any additional requests for working in a BSL-3 suite. Must have basic phage research related work experience, animal handling experience, and must comply with all safety procedures and training

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master's degree in a scientific discipline

Minimum Experience: 0 to 2 years of laboratory experience

Physical Capabilities: long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals; work in BSL-2 and BSL-3 facilities

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: U.S. citizen eligible for BPRP certification

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Partial

Work Environment: laboratory environment inside and outside of BSL-2 and BSL-3

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.

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