I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (More than 10 years)
There were a great many different research projects ongoing from vaccine research and development to the multi-drug resistant organisms and how they work. There are opportunities to work in BSL 1 thru 3, with various pathogens both bacterial and viral. Most of the work in some way will benefit the US Military that are fighting overseas in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
I retired in Nov 2011 and had knee replacement surgery. At 62, I was at the peak of my career there in vaccine R&D and found that it was very difficult to get re-hired as a contractor, even though the bulk of my career (32 years) was spent between WRAIR at 16th and Dahlia in the District and on Brookville Dr. In order to be considered you must contact the correct contractor for very specific jobs. There are a variety of nationalities working there, both foreign nationals as well as US citizens as well as US Military both officers and enlisted. Sometimes the cultural differences as well as the military vs civilian differences require a great deal of patience and tolerance.
Advice to Management
Open up the hiring to retirees, especially those who have gained a great deal of experience and know how to navigate the bureaucracy and have had the necessary experience to deal with both civilian and military as well as US citizens and foreign nationals.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (Silver Spring, MD) in May 2014.
Spoke to a recruiter and had to go through an initial screening process involving various questions about the job duties. It was a contractor position; got the interview and came in to do a panel interview. Spoke on my previous experiences and job expectations among 7 or 8 different people. Took about an hour and a half.
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