Research Associate II (WRAIR Entomology Branch)
GDIT is seeking a Research Associate II to support WRAIR's Entomology Branch by performing the following tasks:
- Develop and maintain the department’s ability to produce infectious pathogens such as (but not limited to) human and rodent malaria, leishmania, dengue virus, and Zika virus. All tasks apply to production of any such pathogen, most of which are propagated concurrently within the lab.
- Continually maintain parasite life cycle in animal models and mosquitoes or sandflies, to include multiple parasite species and strains maintained concurrently, resulting in hundreds of plates, flasks, and infected animals needing attention each day, depending on demand. Maintaining these cultures might require working weekends based on the number of cultures in process and external requests. The contractor will endeavor to improve efficiency, capability or capacity of new and existing culture methods and will keep abreast of current and emerging literature concerning parasite/viral propagation and culture.Prepare vectors for infectious feeds and infect vectors using appropriate feeding devices, direct animal feeds, or injection methods. Feedings/injections will occur multiple times a week, sometimes several times a day, and sometimes on weekends, depending on demand. The contractor shall communicate with supervisors and other personnel to determine demand and adjust production and schedule accordingly.