GDIT is seeking a Research Associate II to support the research initiatives of the WRAIR's Entomology Branch. Specific tasks include:Maintain the department's vector colonies including (but not limited to) Anopheles spp. mosquitoes, Aedes spp. mosquitoes and sandflies (multiple genera).Maintain healthy lab-reared vector colonies for vector production to support research programs following department SOPs with reasonable development time under current environmental conditions. This may include colonies of 17 or more sandfly species/strains and 8 or more mosquito colonies reared concurrently which can result in tens of thousands of insects produced per week, depending on demand.Performing insectary duties and maintaining insect colonies might require working weekends.Work with animals used for colony maintenance and research, including rodents, dogs, and non-human primates.Coordinate with supervisor(s) to assess and adjust vector production procedures to increase or decrease output based on evolving research requirements or changes.Coordinate with research collaborators for vector distribution according to research schedules and maintain records of vector production and distribution, to include assisting with shipment of vectors to outside collaborators, in accordance with all regulatory governance.Monitor Insectary facilities and equipment, e.g., vector rearing chambers/incubators, refrigerators, plumbing and heating; and the environmental conditions of vector rearing chambers, report any irregular conditions as defined in colony maintenance SOPs to the department chief, insectary officer in charge, or lab manager and contact appropriate repair technicians.
Ensure equipment is clean and overall conditions are neat and in order, including glassware cleaning and operation of sterilization equipment.
Acquire and maintain certification from the institutional Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) and Rodent Handling Workshop; follow the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), Department of Defense regulations and animal welfare guidelines for handling animals as vector blood sources, including proper use of anesthetic agents, animal euthanasia and carcass disposal.
Collect and organize laboratory data, provide data summaries, troubleshoot, and provide job-related progress reports/technical reports, as requested.
Maintain a safe workplace ensuring appropriate safety and occupational health rules and regulations are observed.
2-5 years of related experience in scientific research, analysis and/or engineering.Minimum 3 years of experience in mammalian tissue culture and malaria parasite culture techniques.Familiarity research laboratory experience including microscopic examination of specimens, preparation of laboratory reagents, sterile techniques, and basic tissue culture techniques.Experience with insect rearing and BSL-2 containment preferred.
Bachelors Degree in a scientific discipline.
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