Senior Biologist - Primary Cells

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Gaithersburg, Maryland, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
The Senior Biologist, Primary Cells is responsible for performing a variety of complex laboratory procedures to develop primary cell-based products, services and standards for life science research. With guidance from the supervisor, the Senior Biologist will be expected to be able to design and perform experiments as assigned, interpret results and develop weekly experimental plans based on results obtained.

The Senior Biologist will also perform routine maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment. Performance will be evaluated with respect to the quality and rigor of project execution, adherence to timeline, productivity and contribution to team and organizational goals. The Senior Biologist supports and complies with all ACS and ATCC corporate policies and procedures.

  • Responsible for execution of product development related activities in the Primary Cell Team including development of methods of the isolation, expansion and cryopreservation of a wide variety of primary cells and development/optimization of growth media. Responsibilities includes feasibility testing, development and troubleshooting.
  • Performing cell-based assays including but not limited to protein assays, metabolic assays, PCR, ELISA and various biochemical assays using live cells or cellular derivatives.
  • Helping to establish and maintain excellent working conditions with existing and new external tissue provision organizations and knowledge of and adherence to current HIPAA and other relevant information and policies.
  • Development of robust SOPs for tech transfer of new and/or improved methods to Operations and support of projects through successful tech transfer.
  • Maintain detailed records of the laboratory works performed.
  • Develops appropriate application data to support posters at scientific conferences, webinars, website content, IP filings and other needs, as appropriate.
  • Reads and understands relevant scientific literature and brings new product development ideas into the pipeline.
  • Will participate in product development Core Teams.
  • May informally mentor or supervise junior staff.
  • Manage activities efficiently and effectively to meet program timelines and performance requirements in alignment with team and corporate goals.
  • Embraces the ATCC Mission, directives and corporate goals.

  • Education and Experience:
    • Bachelor's degree in a science related field plus 4-8 years of relevant experience OR
    • Master's degree in a science related field plus 3-5 years of relevant experience.
    • The isolation, expansion and cryopreservation of a variety of primary cell types, including human cell isolation expertise is required.
    • Prior experience in conducting independent laboratory research projects is essential.
    • Prior experience in developing commercial products is highly desirable.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • In-depth knowledge and hands-on expertise in the isolation and handling of a variety of primary cell types including the ability to identify and isolate specific cell types from different human and animal tissues.
    • Hands on experience with protein assays, metabolic assays, qPCR, ELISA using cellular derivatives.
    • Ideal candidate will have working expertise in hepatic biology for primary hepatic cell product development. Experience of isolation, culture and functional characterization of parenchymal and nonparenchymal hepatic cells is highly desirable.
    • Expertise in selection, development and/or optimization of media formulations for optimal isolation and expansion of primary cells and in identifying and troubleshooting problematic primary cell culture conditions.
    • Strong work ethic and an attitude of personal ownership, leadership and accountability for the success of a program.
    • Attention to detail with a high level of accuracy, strong project planning and time management skills.
    • Ability to maintain meticulous records of day to day work following ATCC's guidelines.
    • Seeks, learns, and applies new skills/knowledge to perform job responsibilities.
    • Ability to efficiently multi-task and appropriately prioritize projects.
    • Strong problem-solving skills to identify, evaluate and correct potential problems early.
    • Self-starter, motivated and focused; ability to work independently as well as part of a team effort.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including excellent listening skills and presentation skills to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively.
    • Strong computer skills using Microsoft Office and other scientific software.
    • Adaptable; be able to shift priorities and focus as departmental and/or business demands change including, but not limited to early/late hours and/or weekend hours.
    • Follow all company safety practices, SOPs and policies.

    Other Duties:
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.

    ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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