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Research Assistant - Data Management and Communications

Gryphon Scientific
Takoma Park, MD
  • Expired: June 16, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

This position offers options for in-person (in the District of Columbia (DC) metropolitan area), hybrid or remote (within the US) work

Company Description

Gryphon Scientific is a small, growing consulting business with a unique focus on physical and life sciences, public health, and program management and evaluation. We capitalize on our staffs rich, past experience in the laboratory, in policy shops and from the field, combined with literature-based research and interview data collection, to tackle projects with complex technical challenges. Our projects drive policy changes in security, preparedness, and science policy at the highest levels of US government. Abroad, we collaborate with international partners to address daunting public health challenges. Gryphon strongly encourages collaboration across disciplines, throughout the company, and between junior and senior staff, including a large cadre of PhD scientists. Personal and professional development are actively supported through opportunities to work across a wide range of projects. The energy of our small business environment, as well as our commitment to technical excellence, attracts staff with interesting and impressive backgrounds as well as recent graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career. Gryphon boasts a friendly work environment, a comprehensive employee benefit package, and places an emphasis on work-life integration, which has afforded us excellent employee retention. Gryphon strives to maintain diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging in our daily work. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff and will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity.


Gryphon Scientific is seeking applicants with a bachelors degree or equivalent in the life sciences for Research Assistant (RA) positions. As an RA, you will collaborate on projects in data management and analytics, science communications and outreach, and research and preparedness for health threats, including COVID and influenza. A core aspect of RA work involves collection and curation of data from published literature and other sources to support data sharing, in silico research, and dissemination of information to diverse audiences. RAs may learn and apply coding skills to curate and analyze large, heterogenous datasets, or hone skills in scientific engagement and outreach through creation of infographics, social media, web content, and plain language scientific reports. Projects involve collaboration across multidisciplinary teams and incorporate meeting support, science writing, data quality control, visualization, analytics, and design. RAs will support efforts to facilitate data dissemination, advance biomedical research, and guide leaders in biomedical science, biosecurity, and biodefense. RAs have the opportunity to interface with experts and think critically and creatively to tackle stimulating projects in a wide range of exciting fields. This RA position will primarily support projects in Gryphons Data Management and Communications practice, but RAs may have the opportunity to work on projects in other practices. (Note, you will not be involved in laboratory work; there is no lab on the premises.)



  • Gain familiarity and understanding of topics including but not limited to infectious diseases, immunology, biomedicine, biotechnology, biosurveillance, and/or public health

  • Collect and abstract information from peer-reviewed literature, grey literature, and other sources for various analytic and strategic coordination tasks

  • Curate and distribute diverse immunology and infectious disease datasets, including biosurveillance, experimental, preclinical, and clinical research data

  • Create articles, infographics, and other written and visual products to convey data and information to the scientific community and public

  • Prepare static and interactive data reports and dashboards, as well as presentations for various stakeholder groups

  • Perform project-related logistics and support functions, including note-taking during meetings, training, and communications to various stakeholders

  • Provide status updates to project managers and team members and coordinate across multidisciplinary teams

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a life science discipline (Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field).

  • GPA 3.0 or higher (out of 4.0) during final two years of college.

  • U.S. citizenship is required due to government client requirements

  • Employees must be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations to enter Gryphons Takoma Park office (have received all doses in the primary series and all recommended boosters, when eligible). Please see the CDC webpage for additional details: Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC

Required Skills

  • Experience or training in infectious diseases, immunology, virology, or biomedical sciences

  • Proficiency in methods of scientific research and collecting, organizing, and interpreting data from published sources

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of scientific concepts, technical data management, and/or design skills to a variety of topic areas

  • Attention to detail and ability to follow processes and standard operating procedures

  • Ability to write emails and create products without errors

  • Organizational skills

Ability to work independently and with multidisciplinary teams

Additional Skills and Experience

  • Proficiency in Excel or Tableau

  • Experience with Adobe software, including Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat

  • Experience in web design or UI/UX

  • Experience conducting Twitter campaigns

  • Experience using Python, R, or SQL

Gryphon is seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds and communities, including those who can demonstrate the above skills and abilities developed through non-traditional work history, experiences, and education. We encourage applicants who may have some but not all additional skills and experience.


Gryphon Offers

  • Fully paid health insurance for staff, and discounted rates for family members

  • Dental, disability, and life insurance

  • Flexible working hours

  • Options for in-person (in the District of Columbia (DC) metropolitan area), hybrid or remote work (within the U.S.)

  • Paid time off, in addition to 10 paid holidays

  • Continuing education benefits (after 6 months of employment at the beginning of the year)

  • Generous year-end profit sharing and performance bonuses

  • Wellness benefits (funds gym memberships, exercise classes, etc.)

  • Up to 12 weeks leave, per the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Parental leave

  • Flex spending account (FSA)

  • 401K with 3% match (after 6 months of employment)

  • Bereavement leave

Gryphon Scientific


Takoma Park, MD
20913 USA



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