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HJF is seeking a Research Associate to support the Framingham Heart Study, a long-term, ongoing cardiovascular cohort study on residents of the town of Framingham, Massachusetts. The research is performed in the Laboratory Core for the Collaborative Health Research Initiative Program (CHIRP) located 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.
The Research Associate will execute and interpret specific molecular biology and proteomic analyses with a particular focus on analysis of micro RNAs from blood of Framingham subjects. The goal for the research is to define genomic signatures and associated epigenetic mechanisms that portend the evolution of age-related pathologies. The incumbent will be responsible for the operation of state of the art genomic and proteomic instrumentation and analyzing the resulting data, including that of next- generation sequencing.
Plans, conducts and completes diverse types of molecular analyses under the supervision of the head of the laboratory. This requires the performance of complex laboratory tests, determinations, and analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches. The research utilizes real time PCR, next- generation sequencing, genomic profiling, sophisticated biochemical procedures and big data analyses as principal experimental approaches and technologies. Makes detailed observations about experiments; provides data analysis and interpretation Assists with the writing and editing of experimental results for publication in technical and peer reviewed journals. Performs routine data analysis and verifies data. Is responsible for the operation and care of instrumentation used, insuring that proper maintenance schedules are maintained. Provides general molecular biology and proteomic support to coworkers and colleagues in the university as required. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks. Provide guidance to junior laboratory staff and graduate students as instructed. Performs other duties as assigned. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of complex laboratory procedures and instrumentation; ability to meet deadlines of projects; good communication and analytical skills.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master's degree in scientific discipline, preferably biomedical technology (or similar).
Minimum Experience: 0 to 2 years of directly related research experience.
Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of sitting and standing; handling of various Chemicals.
Work Environment: Laboratory environment.
Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.
Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.
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.
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.