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Requisition Number 19-0051
Post Date 4/16/2019
Title Biological Scientist
City Richmond
State VA
Description This position supports a Federal contract which requires that all employees and job applicants hold a valid Green Card or US Citizenship at the time of application. Individual selected will be subject to a background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to sensitive information and may be required to undergo Select Agent Registration.
This position will be responsible for performing non-research biological science work utilizing microbiological and molecular techniques, including, but not limited to, DNA extraction and real-time polymerase chain reaction (real-time PCR) to rapidly identify and characterize potential pathogenic bacterial and viral threat agents. Responsibilities are as follows:
• Handling, receipt, and processing of operational, Quality Assurance (QA), and proficiency test (PT) samples potentially containing biological threat agents;
• Preparing reagents and samples;
• Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP);
• Decontamination of work spaces, including Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs), hoods/air boxes, equipment, and other items associated with processing and analysis activities;
• Maintaining chain-of-custody (CoC);
• Interpretation of results;
• Data entry utilizing computerized or computer-linked systems;
• Performing routine equipment calibration, cleaning, assembly, and maintenance;
• Collecting, processing, and analyzing internal laboratory swipes/swabs for Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) and contamination monitoring;
• Proper disposal of biohazardous waste;
• Restocking and maintaining proper inventory of necessary supplies;
• Supporting BW Program logistics in conducting and documenting annual inventory of DHS-procured durable equipment and property;
• QA/QC and acceptance testing of reagents in accordance with applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the Laboratory Operations Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP);
• Adhering to QA/QC requirements in accordance with the Public Health Laboratory quality management systems and the QAPP;
• Maintaining documentation of records demonstrating compliance with applicable training/retraining, competencies, and document reviews;
• Analyzing routine external QA samples in accordance with the BW SOP’s and QA Program guidance;
• Proper archiving, storage, and shipping of samples;
• Follow and adhere to written procedures and accepted practices in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations, safety, security and dress code policies, procedures and guidelines, including DHS Safeguarding Sensitive but Unclassified (For Official Use Only) Information (January 2005) when visiting or working at Government facilities;
• Preparing written and oral technical reports, answering questions, and making recommendations to the Lead Biological Scientist for inclusion in comprehensive reports;
• Accurately performing work with confidence;
• Demonstrate competency in various testing methodologies (e.g., multi-center studies), evaluate potential products and processes against unique environmental backgrounds, and meet established deadlines.
• Must be present for all hours of the workday and be available 24/7/365 to respond in case of emergency. Rotating weekends and some holidays are required.
Master’s degree or Ph.D. from an accredited university in microbiology, molecular biology or related course work in biological sciences, and REQUIRES at least one (1) year of laboratory bench experience utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR), aseptic techniques and biological assays, and at least one (1) year of experience serving as a Senior Scientist or Team Leader of a laboratory team/project. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university requires four (4) years of laboratory bench experience to include one (1) year of utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR), aseptic techniques and biological assays, including at least one year of experience as a Team Leader/Senior Scientist. BSL-3 experience is highly desirable.
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