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Junior Scientist II-TIR

  1. US, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
JR120964
  1. Research and Development
  2. ICON Full Service & Corporate Support
  3. Office Based

About the role

At ICON, it’s our people that set us apart. Our diverse teams enable us to become a better partner to our customers and help us to fulfil our mission to advance and improve patients’ lives.

Our ‘Own It’ culture is driven by four key values that bring us together as individuals and set us apart as an organisation: Accountability & Delivery, Collaboration, Partnership and Integrity. We want to be the Clinical Research Organisation that delivers excellence to our clients and to patients at every touch-point. In short, to be the partner of choice in drug development.

That’s our vision. We’re driven by it. And we need talented people who share it.
If you’re as driven as we are, join us. You’ll be working in a dynamic and supportive environment, with some of the brightest and the friendliest people in the sector, and you’ll be helping shape an industry.
 

The Role

We are seeking a Junior Scientist II to join a diverse and growing team at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Trauma Infection Research group (TIR). The Junior Scientist II will join our team to conduct translational research in the areas of combat-wound-related animal modeling, bacterial pathogenesis, novel therapeutics, and diagnostics.  The group has multiple projects on the development of combat-relevant infection models and pre-clinical testing of antimicrobial treatments.

The Trauma Infection Research (TIR) group focuses on trauma physiology and related microbial pathogens of military relevance. Studies include simulations of combat wound injuries in small animal models with emphasis on immunopathogenesis.

What You Will Be Doing

  • Perform studies related to trauma-related bacterial infections, including but not limited to bacterial culture, biofilm formation assay, antibiotic sensitivity test, in vitro antimicrobial tests.
  • Conduct studies to develop combat-relevant infection animal models as pipelines for testing treatments of wound and systemic infections
  • Conduct studies to screen/develop/optimize new therapeutics
  • Perform animal surgical techniques and rodent handling including anesthesia, euthanasia, blood and other tissue collection.
  • Perform sc, ip and iv injections of therapeutics
  • Conduct/assist with immunological/physiological tests including cytokine/chemokine assessment, immune cell analysis and evaluation of healing.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of research done in accordance with applicable standards.
  • Submit reports and data summaries as requested and prepare research results for presentation and publication in the scientific literature.
  • Participate on proposal writing projects when requested.
  • Provide all job-related progress reports/technical reports as requested.
  • Maintain a safe workplace ensuring that he/she is aware of and observes appropriate safety and occupational health rules and regulations.
  • Performs light duties and other related duties as required and assigned.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with relevant software, including MS Office, GraphPad Prism and molecular biology software.
  • Night and weekend hours may be required.

Your Profile

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Ph.D. in appropriate discipline (e.g., microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, physiology and animal models)
  • Experience with microbiology of bacterial pathogens and antibacterial development is a plus.
  • Proficiency in basic laboratory techniques and basic math skills
  • Must have ability to perform work at a high level of accuracy and maintain detailed records of research.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with relevant software including MS Office, GraphPad Prism and molecular biology software.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems and elucidate root causes of experimental failures.
  • Proficiency in writing lab protocols, SOPs and research papers

Additional Information:

*Onsite at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, MD*

Benefits of Working in ICON:
Our success depends on the quality of our people. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to build a culture that rewards high performance and nurtures talent.

We offer very competitive salary packages. And to keep them competitive, we regularly benchmark them against our competitors. Our annual bonuses reflect delivery of performance goals – both ours and yours.
We also provide a range of health-related benefits to employees and their families and offer competitive retirement plans – and related benefits such as life assurance – so you can save and plan with confidence for the years ahead.
But beyond the competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, you’ll benefit from an environment where you are encouraged to fulfil your sense of purpose and drive lasting change.

ICON 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, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know through the form below.

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