Odyssey Systems has an exciting new opportunity for a Sr.
Research Associate supporting the WRAIR – Department of Diarrheal
Disease Research (DDR). Diarrheal diseases, notably Shigella, are a
major source of morbidity among deployed U.S. military and a
significant threat to readiness. To that end, BDB aims to develop a
safe and effective vaccine against multiple Shigella strains to
protect personnel overseas and keep Soldiers in the fight.
Duties include, but not limited to:
The Research Associate will provide expertise in the areas of
immunological research to include:
Conducting bench research on Shigella (or other enteric
pathogens) to include large scale production of purified proteins
and LPS, immunogenicity, biochemistry, and mechanisms of action of
Shigella subunit vaccines or live Shigella vaccine candidates.
Assisting in the evaluation of Shigella vaccines in clinical and
pre-clinical studies to include immunizing small animals,
collecting blood, lymph nodes mucosal washes, and determining the
immune response elicited after vaccination using cellular
proliferation, antibody-secreting cell (ASC), ELISA, and immunobead
Assisting in the pre-clinical evaluation of prototype diagnostic
devices for the detection of Shigella and other enteric pathogens
from complex biological matrices such as stool.
Assisting in the daily maintenance and operations of the lab to
include media preparation, glassware and hazardous waste
management, and administrative duties such as ordering supplies and
periodic lab inventories.
Establishing and/or developing laboratory procedures and analyze
and/or evaluate research data; participate in a cooperative effort
to accomplish goals of the laboratory; maintain proficiency and
expertise in the field of research.
Utilizing professional knowledge of: theories, principles, methods,
and techniques of immunology, cell biology, and microbial
pathogenesis, such as ELISA, ASC assays, cellular proliferation
assays, western blotting, cell culture, small animal handling (such
as mice or guinea pigs), and aseptic technique.
Bachelors Degree in a scientific discipline is required
4-8 years experience in a similar lab
Familiarity with the following research equipment is preferred
but not limited to: HPLC, PCR, Mass spectrometer, Flow Cytometers,
cell counters, cell separation devices, fermenters, lyophilizes,
peptide synthesizers Familiarity with the following typical
procedures is preferred but not limited to: gel electrophoresis,
protein assays, fermentation and purifications, and immunological
Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Prism, and SAS
US Citizenship required
Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, is an innovative small
business committed to providing world-class technical, management,
and training support services to government and public sector
clients. We focus on people, processes, and performance to deliver
superior results. Since our inception in 1997, our commitment to
mission success and customer satisfaction has been recognized with
exponential growth and exceptional past performance ratings. We
accept challenging assignments and drive projects from the planning
stages, through implementation, and into operations and
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