GDIT 's military health team is HIRING a Clinical Research Laboratory Scientist to support the 59th Medical Wing (MDW), located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
The 59th Medical Wing Science and Technology (ST) office advises and conducts clinical and translational research on matters pertaining to the medical aspects of the Air Expeditionary Force and the health of Air Force (AF) personnel and beneficiaries. In order to support the required research, ST offices conduct translational research in the areas of emergency medical care, combat casualty care, force health protection, restorative medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine and specialty centers.
Be experienced and qualified to do research testing in various fields of Laboratory Science to include but not limited to toxicology, chemistry, microbiology, hematology/coagulation, cell biology, and molecular biology.
Familiarity with solid phase and liquid extractions; gas chromatography, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.
Develop methods related to their particular field of expertise to support research protocols approved by regulatory oversight committees. Methods must be developed to meet researchers need and be in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice Guidelines.
Be able to develop test methods and implement testing independently.
Perform manual and automated testing on multiple body fluids from human research subjects and various species of animal subjects as described in approved research protocols.
Perform all required setup and quality control and quality assurance processes required for equipment used in analyzing specimens for research purposes.
Meet all accreditation requirements for Good Laboratory Practices in using manual and automated testing equipment.
Analyze the results of tests and experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical and electrical devices.
Review results of tests and quality control materials to ensure that testing processes were in control and all data produced is accurate and precise.
Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs and narratives.
Able to accurately enter data into various computer systems to meet research protocol requirements and follows established procedures in validating and verifying data entered in to computer systems.
Use standard laboratory techniques and follow operating instructions in preparing materials for test procedures (i.e., standards, calibrators, solutions, and reagents).
Use standard laboratory procedures to prepare specimens for chemical or toxicological analysis.
Process and ship all samples according to regulations and protocol requirements
Document all correspondence and communication pertinent to the research
Assist in the preparation and analysis of laboratory experiments, as requested
Maintain and update files of all applicable regulatory documentation for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) to include protocols, approvals, amendments, modifications, etc., as well as any communications with the sponsor or any other Federal or regulatory office (including prior approvals, change in scope, etc.
Manage study documentation to include accurate and timely filing
Adheres to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and infection control procedures.
Assist in writing method validations, operating procedures, presentations, and publications using provided methodologies and formats.
Collect and process specimens from research subjects for testing purposes. All specimens must be collected, processed and handled as described in approved research protocols.
Assists the PI to refine the specific laboratory requirements to meet the aims, research questions, hypotheses, and/or objectives of the studies.
Conducts laboratory procedures and testing in accordance with the approved protocol. Performs appropriate study specific procedures as outlined in the protocol.
Orders study materials, equipment, and/or supplies as specified in the research protocol and in accordance with Clinical Research Division (CRD) policies.
Maintains all protocol binder to include all approved protocols and amendments and all data obtained from laboratory procedures.
Abstracts required research data elements from paper or electronic systems or other existing documents, clinical computer databases such as the AHLTA, CHCS or JPTA, and/or other electronic diagnostic reports in accordance with the research protocol and enter these data into spreadsheets, databases, and/or statistic software as required.
Delivers and receives specimens to internal laboratory and/or ship specimens to a referral laboratory as specified by the protocol.
Works with the statistician to clean and prepare data sets for analyses.
Collects, sorts, files, and maintains all paper and electronic documents related to the protocol.
Evaluates proposed amendments of the study to identify any changes in laboratory testing requirements as approved by the IRB and/or IACUC.
Maintains complete and accurate drug and equipment accountability at all times for the study.
Identifies delays and other shortcomings in meeting objective and develops a contingency plan as required.
Communicates and provides information during any sponsored Contracting Officer Representative (COR) site visit related to the study.
Assists the PIs to write the final report and submit it to the IRB, IACUC, and study sponsor.
Manages all aspects of laboratory experiments while in constant communication with the PIs and CRD leadership.
Actively seeks to learn new laboratory techniques to support new protocol requirements. Manages all laboratory testing requirements to support translational and clinical research projects in concert with the PI.
Arranges learning schedules for Graduate Medical Education (GME) personnel working in the clinical and translational research programs.
What You'll Need (required):
Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline in laboratory sciences or Bachelor’s degree in science-related field with at least 10 years of experience managing laboratory research programs. Master’s degree in basic/laboratory science strongly preferred.
Proven expertise in working with biological specimens and animal tissue ; at least (10) years of experience in research laboratory procedures including but not limited to research specimens from various species, experience using basic and advance laboratory instrumentation, using various testing techniques to determine biological activity, metabolic changes, or biology products, experience in the collection and processing of various biological samples for frozen long term storage and the procedures to recover samples from long term storage for analysis.
Experience or knowledge in performing translational biomedical research, and working in a laboratory performing various techniques to include but not limited to: Flow Cytometry, research involving the use of specimens, PCR/rtPCR testing, expertise in the use and enzyme immunoassay testing assays, use of laboratory equipment including imaging systems, chemistry equipment (i.e., HPLC, GS-MS, etc.), hematology and clinical chemistry analyzers, coagulation testing, experience in cell culture techniques, and extensive experience in collecting processing and archiving specimens for use in translational biomedical research.
Shall have and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
Intermediate+ experience with Microsoft Office applications including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Must successfully complete AALAS accreditation training for working with laboratory animals and remain current
IATA training must be successfully completed within 6 months of hire
Must successfully complete CITI training and remain current
A minimum of 5 years of experience with increased responsibilities that are directly related to the assigned biological laboratory and/or conducting small/large animal surgeries and/or coordinating laboratory needs including scheduling, supplies and personnel for surgeries.
A minimum of 2 years’ experience leading and/or supervising laboratory personnel and activities.
Operational knowledge of advanced lab equipment.
Working knowledge of computing equipment to include physiological data acquisition and analysis
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