Biologist - Primary Cells

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Gaithersburg, Maryland, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 21, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
The Biologist, Primary Cells is responsible for performing a variety of laboratory procedures to develop primary cell-based products, services and standards for life science research. With guidance from the supervisor, the Biologist will be expected to be able to perform experiments as assigned, maintain detailed records of the scientific experiments, interpret results and suggest experimental plans based on results obtained.

The 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 Biologist supports and complies with all ATCC corporate policies and procedures.

  • Responsible for execution of product development related activities in the Primary Cell Team including execution 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.
  • 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.
  • Assisting in the development of robust SOPs for tech transfer of new and/or improved methods to Operations and support of projects through successful tech transfer.
  • 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.
  • Execute 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 and 2-5 years of relevant experience OR
  • Master's degree in a science related field and 0-3 years of relevant experience.
  • The expansion and cryopreservation of a variety of mammalian cells is required.
  • Working knowledge with primary cells, as well as skills in characterization and functional testing of cells is highly desirable.
  • Prior experience in conducting laboratory research projects is essential.
  • Prior experience in developing commercial products is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge and hands-on expertise in the handling of a variety of cell types including primary cells.
  • Ideal candidate will have working expertise in isolation, culture and functional characterization of primary cells.
  • Working knowledge of hepatic cell biology is a plus.
  • Skills in characterization of cells using a variety of techniques, such as immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, protein and gene expression, and functional assays.
  • Working knowledge in selection, development and/or optimization of media formulations for cell cultures is desired.
  • Excellent record keeping skill for scientific work performed.
  • Strong work ethic and an attitude of personal ownership and accountability for the success of a program.
  • A proven team player.
  • Attention to detail with a high level of accuracy and time management skills.
  • 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.
  • 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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