1+ months

Research Assistant

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Parsons is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Regenerative Medicine Department of the Operational and Undersea Medicine Directorate, located at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring. Parsons provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NMRC. The incumbent will provide technical laboratory support and assistance in direct support of the Department's surgical, molecular and cell biology research endeavors involving acute traumatic care. The incumbents daily duties will include tasks that are accomplished in a general research laboratory work environment and in a surgical operating room setting. Assignments will be performed under close supervision with the intent of enhancing the incumbent's knowledge and skills in order to perform more difficult assignments with greater independence at the next higher performance level.


Conducts a variety of laboratory techniques based on written protocols established by the investigator. The research will involve preparative centrifugation, RT-PCR, ELISA assays, cell culture, preparation of test solutions/agents, administration of medications/drugs and handling of small rodents and large animals to include swine and non-human primates. Assists with research projects as directed. Makes intellectual contributions to current research activities and contributes to the design of experiments and new techniques. Collect research samples, ensuring integrity of specimens, collection methodology. Analyze samples and interpret results; compile information and results into meaningful formats to ensure content is appropriately represented; maintain detailed records of experimental data and outcomes for analysis. Assist with laboratory pre-operative surgical setups and helps with surgical procedures involving small and large animals. Assists in animal handling and sedation procedures, preparation of instruments for surgery and assists investigator during experimental surgical and postoperative procedures. Maintains detailed and accurate laboratory and surgical records of techniques, procedures and results for incorporation into research papers. Assists the investigator in conducting literature searches and data analysis inclusion in formal presentations. Monitor inventory of laboratory and surgical supplies and order as needed. Assures laboratory and surgical suites are adequately stocked with reagents and supplies and prepares solutions/medications and test reagents for experiments. General lab maintenance including maintaining lab stock, managing chemical inventory and safety records, and providing general lab support as needed. Maintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by following standards and procedures; complying with legal regulations. Assist with euthanasia and necropsies. Assist in training new staff members The incumbent will present data at laboratory meetings, assist with manuscript drafting for publication and presentation at the discretion of the PI. Perform other assigned duties.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of neuroscience and related cellular/molecular biology are required; Candidates with strong background and hands-on experience in molecular techniques such as PCR and ELISA; histological techniques; animal handling and surgery; excellent time management and self-motivated.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Associates or Bachelor's degree in a clinical, health, animal or life sciences field required. Prior experience in Veterinary Technology/Medicine would be helpful. Basic or general level knowledge of laboratory procedures required.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years.

Physical Capabilities: The incumbent may be required to stand or sit for long periods of time or bend from a standing position. The incumbent will need to possess excellent hand-eye coordination and be able to carry light to moderate laboratory equipment while walking.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: None

Work Environment: The work involves the moderate risks and discomforts typical of most research laboratories requiring the use of special safety precautions (e.g., lab coats, eye protections, ventilated hoods, gloves, and face masks) for handling animals, animal specimens, and chemicals/reagents Work involves handling research animals requiring the use of appropriate safety precautions.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Vice President of Human Resources.

Must be able to obtain, maintain and/or currently possess a security clearance.

Ready for action? Were looking for the kind of people who see this opportunity and dont hesitate to act. Parsons is a leader in the world of Technical Services and Engineering. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who have proven experience tackling some of the greatest challenges. Take your next step and apply today.


Posted: 2020-05-14 Expires: 2020-07-18

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Research Assistant

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