- Plans, executes and oversees laboratory research and vaccine assessment strategies as they apply to FC receptor-mediated innate immune functions in humans and non-human primates
- Develops new technologies, protocols and assay techniques for assessing FC receptor-mediated innate immune functions in humans and experimental animal models
- Plans, coordinates, and conducts independent scientific research on outlined objectives; contributes to collaborative research projects
- Designs, develops, performs, and/or oversees experiments and data collection to ensure data quality and integrity
- Collects and handles samples and keeps detailed inventory and records of experiments by maintaining up to date, clear, and accurate laboratory notebooks
- Maintains current knowledge of and contributes to advancements in the field through participation in professional organizations, scientific conferences, reading industry journals, and publication of manuscripts
- Assists with training and supervising laboratory staff as needed and collaborates with scientists within and outside of MHRP
- Follows all MHRP and WRAIR safety procedures and completes required training in a timely manner; Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes workplace safety.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of appropriate scientific area; immunology and associated techniques; expertise in flow cytometry and data analysis.
- Ability to work comfortably in a biosafety level 2 laboratory with HIV+ specimens, or other pathogens.
- Experience with project planning, implementation and data analysis.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and be goal-oriented.
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills and the desire to learn new technologies are required.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. (or equivalent) in molecular biology, immunology, microbiology or related discipline.
Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of similar experience
Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; intricate work with hands; carrying of light and moderately heavy laboratory equipment. Job performance requires movement around and between several laboratories, and long periods of sitting at laboratory bench. Fine motor coordination in manipulation of laboratory materials is essential.