Research Associate (NCI)
The AIDS and Cancer Virus Program (ACVP) is an integrated, multidisciplinary program that pursues basic and applied studies aimed at improving our understanding of AIDS-associated viruses and disease, including studies intended to facilitate the improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS, and AIDS related tumors, particularly those associated with other viruses such as KSHV. The Program consists of five independent but highly interactive research Sections headed by Principal Investigators, whose work spans from fundamental molecular virology through in vitro studies, to in vivo studies in non-human primate (NHP) models, to international viral epidemiology. The ACVP also has eight Research Support Core Groups (Cores) that provide critical and often unique technical support capabilities to ACVP laboratories and other laboratories within the NCI and NIH, and to extramural investigators.
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We are looking for a Research Associate to join our dynamic, interactive, multidisciplinary research team working on AIDS pathogenesis and development of vaccines for prevention of HIV infection and AIDS, working with non-human primate models. The successful candidate will be able to work in a close team environment, consistently follow detailed protocols and instructions, and keep careful records.
Specific duties will include:
- Independent processing of potentially infectious blood and tissue specimens from non-human primates
- Maintaining proper quality control checks for laboratory assays; independently perform lab assays
- Independent preparation/formulation of drug compounds
- Operation of sensitive laboratory equipment without supervision
- Updating and maintaining detailed sample databases, compiling data for scientific reports as requested by supervisor
To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
- Possession of a Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in areas of molecular virology (HIV/SIV), cell biology, immunology, histology and/or pathology from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
- In addition to the educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of relevant laboratory experience
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
- Prior experience handling blood and potentially infectious materials
- Background in HIV/SIV/AIDS research
- Knowledge of BSL2* safety practices
- Experience with Filemaker Pro software or other Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) software
- Familiarity with basic laboratory equipment (freezers, balances, pipettes, centrifuges, etc.)
- Basic computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office
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