American Red Cross

Scientist III

Posted on: 20 May 2020

Rockville, MD


Job Description

Job Description:

The American Red Cross has an opening for a Scientist III in their central R&D facility in Rockville, MD.  The laboratory investigates methods of preparation and storage of blood components and their in vitro safety and quality.  Scientists in the department collaborate with Biomedical services headquarters staff in providing operational support to the Red Cross Blood Services regions by designing, developing, testing and assessing new technologies and equipment. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. with experience in platelet and/or red cell biology. The candidate will be responsible for independently conceiving and designing a variety of developmental research projects and successfully obtaining external and/or internal funding. Flow cytometry, supervisory, and industrial experience is desirable.

1. Independently conceives and designs research or development projects, and is
successful in obtaining their support through funding from external agencies or
through internal review.
2. Establish a record of successful research or development so that long term support
is obtained and there is national and international recognition of the
3. Publish manuscripts reporting on experimental studies and reviews related to the
area of scientific expertise.
4. Provide technical and scientific training and professional development opportunities
to technicians, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.
5. Typically has unit-specific responsibilities with the scope of the job.


Education: PhD required

Experience: Experience in platelet and/or red cell biology

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements: Depending on work assignment, may require ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand, walk and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of up to 20 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read technical information. Overall mobility is essential. May include sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions.
Work Conditions: Work is performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to emergency services relief work. May travel and participate in meetings and conferences throughout
chapter jurisdiction, state and Red Cross system. Because the Red Cross is a disaster response
organization, staff may be asked to be on 24-hour call during period of major disaster.

American Red Cross

Washington, DC

The mission of the Red Cross is to help prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Across all the ways we provide help and hope to others - from bringing disaster relief, providing lifesaving blood and training in lifesaving skills, to reaching across borders to reconnect families and supporting military families - the American Red Cross makes a big impact.

Explore this collection of stories and experience what the Red Cross brings to everyday people, every day. If what you see inspires you, consider supporting our mission financially, by making a blood donation, becoming a volunteer or registering to take a class.

Vision Statement

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that...

...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

Fundamental Principles of the Global Red Cross Network          


The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—in its international and national capacity—to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.


It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.


In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Cross may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.


The Red Cross is independent. The national societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with Red Cross principles.

Voluntary Service

The Red Cross is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.


There can be only one Red Cross society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.


The Red Cross is a worldwide institution in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.


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