Microbiology Laboratory Technician

Location: MD - Silver Spring
Job Code: 14-083


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We are currently seeking a:  Microbiology Laboratory Technician for the Silver Spring, Maryland area.


This position will provide research support services for infectious disease discovery, surveillance, sample collection, laboratory activities analysis, and report development in consonance with the mission of the Wound Infections Department at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring MD.  Activities to accomplish the aforementioned requirement to completion include:

  1. Develop and conduct protocol‐driven scientific research addressing infectious diseases in wounds.
  2. Support government scientists in writing protocol‐driven research proposals, animal use protocols, human use protocols, technical reports, final reports, and peer‐reviewed manuscripts.
  3. Organize and evaluate data sets (provided by the government and collected by the contractor), develop presentation materials, develop Standard Operating Procedures.
  4. Support development of in vivo and in vitro model systems, data acquisition, and data analysis.
  5. Provide technical and editorial support and manage all correspondence, logistics, facilities and the central filing system for infectious disease research efforts at WID.
  6. Provide research and general administrative support to prepare, edit, and process routine correspondence and perform routine and specialized administrative duties as needed.
  7. Complete on‐line and in‐house training related to assigned duties.
  8. Document the introduction of new equipment, corrective and preventive maintenance actions and special requests as required.
  9. Provide technical assistance with cost analysis, fiscal allocation, and budget preparation.
  10. Coordinate the implementation of sponsored and Principal Investigator (PI) initiated laboratory research studies, including maintenance of study records and all activities associated with internal and external audits in coordination with the PI.
  11. Recommend changes to protocols and standard operating procedures as needed.
  12. Modify and plan research experiments, procedures, test and compile results for PI.
  13. Set up, operate, modify and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus.
  14. Maintain a database to record, track and locate official correspondence, personnel files, training records, instructions, directives, recurring reports and other documents as required.
  15. Maintain a calendar and coordinate events, appointments, and meetings.
  16. Assists in computer data entry as needed.
  17. Develop and implement measures to enhance quality assurance and proficiency testing for antibiotic sensitivity of pathogens.
  18. Maintains clinical isolate database and inventory.
  19. Uses independent judgment to perform basic to advanced microbiology (bacteriology, virology, and serology) procedures to include pipetting, bacteriology isolation techniques, microscope work, and staining slides.
  20. Assists PI in setting up new test procedures.
  21. Performs required quality control procedures for every test done and keeps a record in the designated logbook or worksheet.
  22. Receives specimens and report results.

*Resumes provided shall demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience to accomplish the aforementioned tasks, and meets all of the stated requirements.


  1. This position requires the equivalent of a college degree in Biology, Microbiology, Medical Technology, or a related field and 0 to 2 years of related experience.
  2. Advanced knowledge of microbiology and current research technologies and practices.
  3. Advanced knowledge of laboratory equipment and laboratory safety procedures.
  4. Skilled in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, graphic, email, and database software.
  5. Skilled in the use of aseptic techniques.
  6. Ability to plan and prioritize work.
  7. Ability to pipette, use of microscopes, and perform staining procedures.
  8. Ability to distinguish and identify different colors.
  9. Ability to do long periods of repetitive work.
  10. Ability to correctly transcribe laboratory results.
  11. Ability to follow standard operating procedures.
  12. Ability to be a self‐starter and work independently.
  13. Ability to interface with investigators, vendors, research staff, and study participants.
  14. Clinical laboratory working conditions – Handles hazardous waste materials. Possible exposure to infection from disease‐bearing specimens; regularly exposed to the risk of blood‐borne diseases; must comply with applicable safety procedures.
  15. Must be able to work independently following a brief period of specific technical training.

Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  Candidates for positions under ClinicalRM’s contracts with the Department of Defense (DoD) will be required to pass one or more background/security investigations conducted by the DoD, U.S. Army, or other Federal Government agency.  Such investigations may include criminal records and credit history checks.

ClinicalRM is an Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity Employer


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