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Junior Research Scientist/Staff Scientist

Junior Research Scientist/Staff Scientist

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US-MD-Silver Spring
Regular Full-Time

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Junior Research Scientist/Staff Scientist


CAMRIS International, Inc. is an international development and research firm that provides innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, economical program and research management services.  


The Navy Medical Research Center (NMRC) has contracted through CAMRIS International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:


Title:  Junior Research Scientist/Staff Scientist


The mission of NMRC is to enhance the health, safety, performance and deployment readiness of Navy and Marine Corps personnel. NMRC conducts basic and applied biomedical research, development, testing and evaluations in the areas of biological defense, bone marrow, combat casualty care, and infectious diseases.


Job Summary: This position is located in the Department of Malaria, Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, MD. The incumbent of this position will be responsible for conducting research experiments in support of a new malaria antigen for vaccine development. This position may require working evenings or weekends, depending on the workload of the laboratory.


Essential Job Responsibilities: (80% of time)

  1. Design and conduct animal studies evaluating a novel Plasmodium antigen (E140) for vaccine development. Perform immunological, molecular and biological experiments characterizing the immune response and function of the E140 antigen. Assays include ELISpot, flow cytometry, Immuno fluorescence, ELISA, Western Blot and malaria-specific inhibitory assays. Conduct sporozoite and blood stages challenge of animals and assess protection by both RT-qPCR and sterile parasitaemia. Generate and characterize human monoclonal antibodies to a novel malaria antigen. In addition lead a project on the screening of new falciparum antigens inducing T cell and antibody responses from volunteers immunized with attenuated sporozoites using flow cytometry and Immuno fluorescence assays.
  2. Develop scientific projects and apply for research grants in the fields of malaria vaccine from both internal (MIDRP) and external (NIH) institutions.
  3. Perform laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data. Exercises technical discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments. Makes detailed observations about experiments. Provides data analysis and interpretation.
  4. Prepares and writes technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  5. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  6. Establishes and maintains databases for research projects.
  7. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. Provides leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  8. Provides quality control, troubleshooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  9. Supervises or trains laboratory staff and visiting scientists as required.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.


Other Job Duties: (20% of time)

  1. Assist writing animal protocols
  2. Assists research personnel in laboratory.
  3. Serves as laboratory Safety Officer.
  4. Other duties as assigned.


Eligibility / Qualifications:

  1. Ph in Molecular Parasitology.
  2. Minimum of 5 years of experience in research with primary focus on malaria immunology, biology and vaccines development.
  3. Proven ability to create and develop projects to investigate host responses to novel antigens and generate human monoclonal antibodies.
  4. Broad knowledge in immunochemistry as applied to antigen evaluation and pre-clinical vaccine development.
  5. Track record in applying for and being awarded research grants in the fields of malaria vaccine developmen
  6. Record of presenting data in public settings and history of publishing malaria-related manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  7. Outstanding project manager skills with strong laboratory organization and planning abilities.
  8. Team-player with strong interpersonal, organizational and cross-cultural skills.
  9. Authorized to be lawfully employed in the United States.


Physical Capabilities:

Work will require standing and/or sitting for long periods of time; bending from a standing or sitting position; intricate work with hands; carrying of light laboratory equipment; walking; working for extended periods with laboratory animals; handling and performing procedures on laboratory animals.


Work Environment:

Molecular biology and immunology laboratory. The incumbent can routinely works with animal and its reagents and hazardous chemical reagents in laboratory procedures.