As a Research Technician IV you will be joining the world’s largest & most comprehensive clinical research organisation, powered by healthcare intelligence.
You will join a dynamic and growing team at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Wound Infection Department (WID). WID is tasked with delivering specific, effective countermeasures for infection of combat wounds pre-injury, at the point-of-injury, and post-injury. The Structural Biology (XTAL) group focuses on structure-based drug designs for microbial pathogens of military relevance. Researchers in this group express, purify and crystalize ESKAPEE pathogen proteins of interest and utilize sophisticated techniques such as X-ray Crystallography and mass spectroscopy to model small molecule drug-protein interactions.
What you will be doing:
Provide technical support in several research areas including: 1) Molecular biology, 2) Microbiology, 3) Immunology, 4) X-ray crystallography, 5) Various chromatographic systems, and 6) structure-function relationships.
Performs microbiological and molecular biological studies on various bacterial pathogens of military relevance under biosafety level 2 and 3 conditions, including genetic/genotypic analysis of these pathogens.
Performs genetic analysis techniques such as PFGE, SNP, VNTR, DNA sequencing and PCR testing to support funded bacterial pathogen research projects including bacteriophage efforts.
Cultures infectious agents for use in laboratory procedures. Prepares pure sterile DNA samples from microbial agents in biosafety level 2 and 3 laboratories.
Performs established laboratory tests to identify characteristics of microbial agents including PCR assays, plasmid profiles, biochemical and immunodiagnostic tests.
Follows established protocols to perform microbiological and molecular biological assays.
Organizes and tabulates results of studies and prepares data summaries.
Maintains accurate and appropriate research records including maintaining a laboratory notebook compliant with standards of laboratory work (replicability) and with WRAIR/Army regulations.
Completes all required safety, biosafety and security training classes.
Obtain required annual occupational physical examinations and serologic tests and any required security clearances for work in department biosafety level 2 and 3 laboratories.
Specialized training in new methods and procedures as needed, including in the use of data analysis software.
BS. in appropriate discipline (e.g., microbiology, immunology and molecular biology) with at least 7 years’ related laboratory experience.
Must have experience in BSL-2 environments and the ability to conduct safe work in this laboratory environment.
Must be able to work with animals.
Place of Performance: Silver Spring MD
Able to obtain National Agency Clearance and Inquiries (NACI)
Our focus is to provide you with a comprehensive and competitive total reward package that comprises, not only an excellent level of base pay, but also a wide range of variable pay and recognition programs. In addition, our best in class employee benefits, supportive policies and wellbeing initiatives are tailored to support you and your family at all stages of your career - both now, and into the future.
Our success depends on the knowledge, capabilities and quality of our people. That’s why we are committed to developing our employees in a continuous learning culture – one where we challenge you with engaging work and where every experience adds to your professional development.
ICON, including subsidiaries, is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
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