Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Research Specialist - Tool Translation Team

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Ashburn, VA, United States

Job Description


Perform professional work in support of the development and employment of molecular research tools.  Working collaboratively with multiple Investigators, determine the most suitable methods to be used in research.  Independently perform scientific investigative procedures requiring application of professional judgment.  Interpret experimental results and determine whether they are consistent with experimental goals.  Review pertinent literature for information that will further research goals.  Prepare reports of research for presentation or publication.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities (specific duties will depend on needs of the laboratory):

  • Perform  a broad range of various specialized scientific investigative procedures in support of assigned research projects.  Procedures include various analytical and preparative methods associated with nucleic acids, proteins, isolated cells, and various model research organisms.
  • Conduct literature reviews to be used in determining most suitable research methods.
  • May configure, operate, and/or maintain specialized equipment.
  • Identify methodological problems in research protocol and assist in implementing modifications to optimize experimental results.
  • Coordinate specialized and novel research functions.
  • May use software applications to assemble, manipulate, format and/or perform statistical analyses of data.
  • Prepare and present written or oral progress reports concerning studies, including assembly, organizational and interpretation of data.
  • Train others in complex technical protocols.


Organizational Scope and Impact of Position:

  • Shares significant responsibility for results of research project or project team and collaborators. 
  • Manages group projects with input of the Investigator. 
  • Intermediate to long term impact on results of entire lab. 


Interactions with Others:

  • Establishes intermediate range goals and schedules work to meet those goals. 
  • Work is reviewed at key stages by supervisor and other stakeholders, but individual is largely self-directed. 
  • May monitor performance of others and provide or propose required training. 
  • May develop, or lead the development of, training tools.
  • May plan for and provide working supervision to a group of laboratory employees of lower grade engaged in the performance of technical and professional work and a variety of complex to routine to complex task.


Preferred Qualifications


Education and Experience:

  • Master of Science degree in an appropriate field of science or technology or equivalent in education and experience AND two years of related research experience as a Research Technician III or equivalent.
  • PhD degrees also qualify.


Knowledge/Understanding/Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to make sound decisions based on knowledge and experience.
  • Ability to prepare research reports for presentation to a large audience.  Ability to draft research manuscripts.
  • Ability to work well with others in a collaborative environment.
  • In-depth knowledge of multiple scientific areas and of the underlying principles and concepts.  Knowledge of cell biology, neuroscience, immunochemistry, fluorescence labeling, analysis of imaging data, electrophysiology, and various model research organisms are all helpful.
  • Able to critically review information.  Readily understands new concepts.
  • Ability to develop innovative processes to achieve goals.  Reviews work activities to determine where new information could improve processes or move projects forward.


Physical Requirements:

  • Occasionally lifts and/or carries objects weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Occasionally stoops and bends.
  • Occasionally reaches and grasps with arms and hands.
  • Work involves possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.
  • Long periods of standing and/or sitting.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Quote Reference: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-hhmi-903-908