System One
Bethesda, Maryland, US
Jul 22, 2021
Sep 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Work location: Bethesda, MD 20810 - Must work on site

Contract: 12month renewable, up to 3 years

Position Objective: Provide services as a Biologist in support of the overall functions of the Vaccine Research Center (VRC), Biodefense Research Section (BRS) within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Perform a wide variety of procedures and techniques with an emphasis on antibody detection and characterization assays such as ELISA, MSD, and neutralization assays. Tasks may also include mammalian cell culture, transfections, western blotting, and protein purification.
  • Independently follow written and oral guidance working individually or in a team-oriented environment.
  • Work on diverse projects with an ability to prioritize as appropriate based on guidance from senior staff.
  • Maintain careful laboratory records including written lab notebooks and well-organized online data files
  • Analyze data, summarize and generate presentations in an appropriate format.
  • Contribute to laboratory maintenance and organization including sample inventories and data files.
  • Assist in troubleshooting and calibrating various laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Assist in evaluating the validity of laboratory data; assess deviations in the experimental workflow in accordance with established protocols, previous training, or accepted laboratory practices.
  • Assists in training others in basic laboratory and departmental procedures.
  • Work with scientists, reagent and media suppliers, equipment sales representatives, instrument repairers, etc.
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and maintain compliance with current institute laboratory and safety guidelines.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Life Sciences or a related discipline
  • 3-8 years of experience working in a laboratory setting
  • Demonstrated experience working in a BSL-2 laboratory environment

Demonstrated knowledge of maintaining accurate and detailed records
  • Demonstrated knowledge of proper laboratory disposal methods and safety procedures

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience with immunoassays including ELISA and neutralization assays is highly desired
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with non-technical and technical staff
  • Detail-oriented and possess strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects