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Senior Molecular Research Assistant

Job Description:

Leidos's Military Health Business Unit is looking for a full time Senior Molecular Research Assistant in San Diego at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) to assist in conducting on-going, laboratory-based surveillance of US military populations in unique environments to quantify and study the etiology of infectious illnesses. The Special Project Assistants will provide support for operational infectious disease field surveillance, sample collection, laboratory analysis, clinical research efforts, and report development in consonance with the mission of the Operational Infectious Diseases Directorate at the NHRC. Job offer contingent upon contract being awarded to Leidos

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in related field and 0-2 years of experience
  • A merican Society for Clinical Pathology (ACSP) Certification
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently plan, organize and manage workload and projects, set priorities, meet deadlines
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills and an ability to work cooperatively in a team setting. Flexibility in responding to changing demands, timelines, and priorities.
  • US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET government security clearance.

Tasks Performed will include most of the following:
  • Assist with government approved informational campaigns and measures designed to increase awareness and safety amongst local populations.
  • Support logistic and administrative tasks as needed to ensure that the department can successfully meet its mission, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Provide technical and editorial support and assist with oversight of all correspondence, logistics, facilities and the central filing system for infectious disease research efforts at NHRC, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Provide research and general administrative support to prepare and edit routine correspondence and perform routine and specialized administrative duties. Correspondence shall be processed by GS or military personnel.
  • Coordinate the implementation of sponsored and Principal Investigator (PI) initiated clinical studies, including maintenance of study records. All activities associated with internal and external audits in coordination with the PI are subject to final GS or military approval and submission.
  • Assist with maintaining the integrity and security of all documents in the appropriate database, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Make entries to various paper and computer files to assist with controlling receipt, follow‐up actions, backorders, stock record changes, requisition files, and related supply records, subject to final GS or military review.
  • Assist with recording information from requisitions, contracts, and shipping documents, subject to final GS or military review.
  • Assist with examining items received, note overages, shortages, or any damages incurred in shipping, and prepare detailed reports as required. Final reports shall be reviewed, approved and submitted by GS or military personnel.
  • Support surveillance of operational infectious diseases that affect DoD personnel in coordination with federal agencies, local governments, research organizations, and universities at locations around the world.
  • Provide operational support, to include analytical evaluations and prospective clinical evaluations, for diagnostic evaluations, clinical studies, and/or clinical trials sponsored by Federal Agencies or private companies, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Assist with maintaining Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) standards during performance of laboratory testing in accordance with GLP Regulations - 21 CFR Part 58 (FDA).
  • Assist with maintaining an ongoing Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) program that meets accreditation standards (such as CAP- College of American Pathologists) and improves the safety and quality of the laboratory.
  • Provide rapid assessment, which may require deployment/TAD travel outside of the local 50 mile radius, in cases of national emergency or infectious disease outbreaks, as they occur and provide appropriate personnel and response task forces with information that can be used to develop effective short term and long term solutions.
  • Support government scientists in writing protocol‐driven research proposals, human use protocols, technical reports, final reports, and peer‐reviewed manuscripts.
  • Assist with the following tasks: organizing and evaluating Government collected or contractor collected data sets, developing presentation materials, developing research Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), presenting findings at technical and professional meetings, and reviewing and submitting research protocols to Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and/or funding agencies, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Complete on‐line and in‐house training related to assigned job duties.
  • Submit recommended changes to protocols and research SOPs, to appropriate GS or military personnel, as needed.
  • Take and transcribe minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports, and telephone conversations involving both technical and specialized medical and scientific terminology related to the performance of this requirement, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Collect, test, analyze and archive specimens from ongoing surveillance programs and special investigations among military personnel or civilians (recruits, forces afloat, deployed forces, outbreaks of concern, DoD dependents and border populations).
  • Facilitate shipment of test specimens to laboratory personnel at NHRC and other clinical test sites.
  • Assist with providing sample handling, including check-in, aliquoting, and adding to the database.
  • Assist with monitoring and tracking inventories of contractor owned/acquired tools, equipment, and supplies needed for effective surveillance, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Assist in supporting the logistics of receiving specimens for research including archiving and entering the samples into the lab database, subject to final GS or military approval. Receipt of specimens shall be completed by GS or military personnel.
  • Assist with data entry to track the delivery of new contractor owned/acquired equipment, as well as notate corrective and preventative maintenance actions, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Assist with setting up, operating, modifying, and maintaining laboratory equipment and apparatus, subject to final authorization by the biomedical department and GS or military approval. This function does not include equipment and apparatus currently covered on a maintenance agreement or warranty for which any manipulation will void the warranty.
  • Assist in the maintenance of a database to record, track, and locate official correspondence, personnel files, training records, instructions, directives, recurring reports, and other documents as required, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Assist Government personnel in the preparation of outside correspondence related to the performance of this order, subject to final GS or military approval. Correspondence shall be mailed by GS or military personnel.
  • Assist Government personnel in the development and implementation of measures to enhance quality assurance and proficiency testing for laboratory operations.
  • Assist in the maintenance of a calendar, coordinate events, schedule appointments, make arrangements for meetings and conferences, and make arrangements and prepare itineraries for distinguished visitors, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Assist with recording the status and location of all documents in the appropriate database and assist in data entry as needed, subject to final GS or military approval.
  • Assist with receipt, tracking, management, and delivery of equipment and supplies related to the performance of this order when such items are purchased by the contractor. Contractor shall not perform this function in support of supplies and/or equipment purchased by the Government.
  • Collect specimens from subjects enrolled in surveillance protocols including but not limited to nasal washes, nasal swabs, nasopharyngeal swabs, and blood samples through venous phlebotomy or capillary finger stick.
  • Provide subjects information on how to self-collect stool samples and rectal swabs.

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