Scientist - Cell Biology

Gaithersburg, Maryland, US
Jul 25, 2021
Sep 09, 2021
Biology, Genetics
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
The Scientist (Cell Biology) is responsible for developing, executing, and managing R&D programs to establish innovative technology platforms in biopreservation. The incumbent plans, executes, and troubleshoots research activities and investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts. The Scientist will be expected to design and develop technologies related to biopreservation with a focus on cell biology. The position will have a strong emphasis on translation of customer requirements into preservation process design to improve functionality and assay outcomes. The Scientist will write application notes, journal articles, and invention disclosures, as needed, and may give talks, posters and webinars in support of marketing activities. The incumbent will work closely with cross-functional representatives on technology development and tech transfer to operations and will participate on or lead cross-functional teams. Performance will be evaluated with respect to the quality and rigor of project design and execution, adherence to timeline, productivity and contribution to team and organizational goals. The Scientist may mentor/supervise staff and is expected to lead by example. The incumbent supports, complies with and enforce all ATCC corporate policies and procedures.

This position must work and think independently; duties of this position are to be completed under administrative guidance. Decision making is a component of this position, and decisions have an impact on the overall success of the R&D team. Functions are to be completed in a timely manner with acceptable quality.

  • Independently leads, develops, and troubleshoots develpment of novel cell preservation technologies based on understanding of physiology, metabolism, proteomics, genetics.
  • Conducts experimental laboratory research. Anticipates technical risks and develops mitigation strategies that ensure the projects are executed with full scientific rigor and deliver robust products and processes that are on-time, on-budget and to specification.
  • Develop robust SOPs for tech transfer of new and/or improved processes.
  • Explore technologies, approaches and intellectual properties that would improve products, product convenience, stability, productivity, and margin.
  • Develop appropriate application data to support posters at scientific conferences, webinars, website content, IP filings and other needs, as appropriate. Write clear and concise reports and project summaries for management review.
  • Remain current with knowledge in relevant scientific fields and brings new process development ideas into the pipeline and monitors new product introduction of key competitors.
  • Identify and establish working relationships with external Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) to help determine voice of customer (VOC), drive product specifications and provide early product performance data.
  • Communicate clearly and in a timely manner, work independently, collaborate extensively and think critically.
  • May informally or formally mentor or supervise junior staff.
  • Manage activities efficiently and effectively to meet program timelines and performance requirements in alignment with team and corporate goals.
  • Embrace the ATCC Mission, directives and corporate goals.

  • Education and Experience:
    • Ph.D. in Biomedical or Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, or other related applied Biological Sciences disciplines with 2 - 5 years of relevant work experience in cell biology and biopreservation is required.
    • A Bachelor's degree in an applied Life Sciences, Bio/Biomedical Engineering field and 15 - 18 years of relevant experience OR
    • Master's degree in a life science field and 13 - 16 years of relevant experience may be substituted for a Ph.D.
    • Experience building and maintaining internal and external relationships is desired as is hands-on supervisory experience

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of functional characterization of a wide variety of cells and cellular product is required.
    • Skilled in preservation of cells and cellular products using cryopreservation and other related techniques.
    • Skilled in of assay development and validation. Knowledge of microfluidics is a plus.
    • Strong work ethic and an attitude of personal ownership, leadership, and accountability for the success of a program.
    • Demonstrated ability to think innovatively, creatively, and to exercise sound scientific judgment.
    • Attentive to detail with a high level of accuracy, strong project planning, troubleshooting, 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.
    • Able to build and maintain strong internal and external relationships.
    • Strong computer skills including use of statistical software, and 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, Standard Operating Procedures (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.